But if they lay brooding, unable to feed or go underground, all their troubles would come crowding into their hearts, their fears would mount and they might very likely scatter, or even try to return to the warren. He had an idea.
"Yes, all right, we'll rest here," he said, "Let's go in among this fern. Come on, Dandelion, tell us a story." (5.14-5)
While they're between warrens (and have nowhere to run to for safety), Hazel has to deal with his rabbits' fear. Normally, rabbits would react to fear by running underground or talking to their doctor about anti-anxiety medications. But here in the wild, the only technique they have available is… storytelling? Yep, storytelling. Hey, whatever gets you through the night (for us it's Seinfeld reruns).