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The Yearling Chapter 6

By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Chapter 6

  • Everyone comes inside: all seven of the Forrester boys, their Ma and Pa, Jody, and Penny.
  • Pa Forrester starts telling Jody about the pet raccoon he had as a child, that was really sweet—until it bit a chunk out of his shin. Ack.
  • Penny is carrying their useless dog, and Lem asks if he's lame.
  • Penny says he's just trying to keep him safe from the Forresters' dogs. Uh-huh.
  • Lem thinks that must mean he's valuable, but Penny keeps denying it, and telling them the truth, that he's good for nothing. Hmmm—he's got something up his sleeve, though.
  • Lem won't believe it. Looks like the trick is working…
  • Penny mentions that his gun is broken, and tells them that he was hunting Slewfoot.
  • The Forresters want to hear the story, but Ma and Pa insist on letting Penny eat and drink first.
  • They all pig out—seriously, they have a huge feast, which for them is a normal lunch, but which stuns Penny and Jody, who aren't used to having much.
  • Before long, another argument breaks out.
  • This time, Pa Forrester puts a stop to it, and brags that even though his boys are rough, they listen to their parents