The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh The House at Pooh Corner: Chapter 10
By A. A. Milne
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The House at Pooh Corner: Chapter 10
In Which Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to an
Enchanted Place, and We Leave Them There
Christopher Robin is going away.
Everybody knows it. Nobody knows how they know it, or why he's
leaving. But they know it's coming.
So Rabbit calls a meeting of all the creatures in the forest. A "rissolution"
he calls it, which is a creative way of spelling "resolution." Always
a bit of humor, even in times of great sadness. Whew. Thank you, A.A. Milne.
The meeting is held at Eeyore's house.
Eeyore's actually written a poem to mark the occasion—the first
poem or song that was not written by Pooh.
In the poem, Eeyore writes about how difficult it is to write
poetry. We agree, our donkey friend. Oh do we ever agree.
But the gist of the poem is that it's a goodbye to Christopher
Robin, with love, from the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood.
The rissolution, it turns out, is that they all sign the poem. So
On to CR's house.
Nobody really wants to say anything at first, because goodbyes are
hard. But eventually Eeyore takes the lead.
He hands CR the poem, but leaves before he can finish reading it.
Everyone else starts to leave too, and by the time CR is finished,
only Pooh is left.
Why do they leave? Well, we'll get into that analysis later on.
CR folds the poem up and puts it in his pocket, and bids Pooh come
along with him.
Where? We're not sure yet.
Along the way, CR asks what Pooh likes best in the world.
After much pondering, Pooh decides that his favorite thing is
going with Piglet to visit Christopher Robin, and CR offering them a little
snack, and it being the kind of day that makes you want to write a song.
What CR likes best is doing nothing.
Exactly what he means by this is something we'll also get into later.
They walk along doing nothing together, until they come to the
enchanted place, a circle of trees with plush grass carpeting.
CR suddenly starts to tell Pooh about all sorts of things: history
things, math things, science things, geography things.
He tells Pooh about knights.
Naturally, Pooh would like to be grand like a knight.
So naturally, CR knights Pooh in a kingly way.
They go back to doing nothing, and Pooh creates a confused
amalgamation of all the information CR has told him.
He realizes then that CR will want to tell him more things, which CR
will learn wherever he's going, and that this will be very confusing for a bear
of very little brain.
Just as Pooh is realizing that CR won't be telling him so much
anymore, CR starts talking some more.
He says he won't be doing nothing anymore. "They" don't
They both realize that this is the end, but they make a pact to
always be able to see each other in this enchanted place.
Pooh promises that he'll never forget Christopher Robin.
CR says something a bit cryptic that implies he won't always be
able to remember Pooh, at least not in the way he thinks of him now.
But that's the future.
For now, they hold hands and go off together.
Milne (the narrator) ends the book with a much wider perspective,
telling us that whatever happens to them (e.g. growing up), in that enchanted
place in the forest there will always be a little boy and his bear playing