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War Horse Chapter 14

By Michael Morpurgo

Chapter 14

  • Spring gives way to autumn, and not a day goes by when Friedrich doesn't shower Topthorn with compliments.
  • Despite Friedrich's care, Topthorn just keels over and dies one day. Friedrich must have killed him with kindness. Sorry, we joke because we're devastated on the inside. 
  • Joey refuses to leave Topthorn's side, even as the shelling begins. Friedrich runs, but he's not fast enough. An explosion kills him, too, leaving him face-up on the ground next to Topthorn's body. 
  • Still not budging, Joey stands amid the chaos and watches as the last two horses he knows, the Haflingers, escape into the trees.