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'And what happened in the end?' asks the reader, who has followed Hazel and his comrades in all their adventures and returned with them at last to the warren where Fiver brought them from the fields of Sandleford.


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It was a fine, clear evening in mid-October, about six weeks later.


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Although Woundwort had shown himself at the last to be a creature virtually mad, nevertheless what he did proved not altogether futile.


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When Lucy woke, the room was already light.


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When Hazel stamped, Dandelion leapt instinctively from the grass verge.


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Groundsel scrambled up the steep slope of the shaft and rejoined Woundwort in the pit at the top.



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At that moment General Woundwort, out on the open grass below the bank, was facing Thistle and Ragwort in the chequered, yellow moonlight of the small hours.


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'They've stopped digging, Hazel-rah,' said Speedwell.


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When the punt floated down the river in the rain, part of General Woundwort's authority went with it.


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As he came to the end of his story, Dandelion remembered that he was supposed to be relieving Acorn as sentry.


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Now came the dog days - day after day of hot, still summer, where for hours at a time light seemed the only thing that moved; the sky - sun, clouds and breeze - awake above the drowsing downs.


I just became aware that the BBC and Netflix are making a new animated adaptation of Watership Down, to be screened next year.  I particularly look forward to John Boyega voicing Bigwig.


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The first thing that Hazel learned the next morning was that Thrayonlosa had died during the night.


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On almost any other river, Blackberry's plan would not have worked.


This chapter opens Part IV: Hazel-rah. As an experiment to see if it works any better for consistency, I am going to aim to post daily rather than weekly to get through the last twelve chapters and the epilogue.


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Late in the afternoon it came on dark and very close.



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Bigwig's first impulse was to fight Woundwort on the spot.


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Bigwig wavered gradually up from sleep, like a bubble of marsh gas from a still stream.


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'- And then before the Mark silflay,' said Chervil, 'I always have a look at the weather'.



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Dusk was falling on Efrafa.


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When Hazel woke, he started up at once, for the air around him was full of the sharp cries of some creature hunting.



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Some people have the idea that rabbits spend a good deal of their time running away from foxes.



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Sooner or later, everything leaks out and animals get to hear what others think about them.


(Apologies for missing two weekends in a row; today is technically still a weekend for me.)

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With the exception of Blackthorn and the addition of Bluebell, the rabbits who set off from the southern end of the beech hanger early the next morning were those who had left Sandleford with Hazel five weeks before.


This chapter opens Part III: Efrafa

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The following morning all the rabbits were out at silflay by dawn and there was a good deal of excitement as they waited for Hazel.



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'You're not too tired to silflay, are you?' asked Dandelion.



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In the Honeycomb, Bigwig and Holly were waiting to begin the second meeting since the loss of Hazel.


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Fiver lay on the earth floor of the burrow.


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As things turned out, Hazel and Pipkin did not come back to the Honeycomb until the evening.


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Hazel sat on the bank in the midsummer night.


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Human beings say, 'It never rains but it pours.'



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Rabbits (says Mr Lockley) are like human beings in many ways.


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The night you left the warren, the Owsla were turned out to look for you.


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In the Sandleford warren, Holly had been a rabbit of consequence.


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The holes certainly were rough - 'Just right for a bunch of vagabonds like us' said Bigwig - but the exhausted and those who wander in strange country are not particular about their quarters.


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It was evening of the following day.


[personal profile] nwhyte reminded me of my long abandoned read-through project, and after a bit of thought I've decided to try to finish it off. My plan is to do one chapter a week, posting Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Previously we made it through chapters 1-17, the whole of Part I - The Journey, which took us from Sandleford Warren to Cowslip's warren. (I've just skimmed through those chapters to remind myself what occurred.) This is the first chapter of Part II - On Watership Down.


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It was cold, it was cold and the roof was made of bones.



This brings us to the end of part 1. If you haven't already seen them, there are some really in depth posts by [livejournal.com profile] siderea on what she gets out of reading Watership Down, which I found hugely interesting and very thought provoking. When LJ is behaving again, you will find them here:

Siderea Reads Watership Down: Introduction (Part 0)
Siderea Reads Watership Down: El-ahrairah to His Warren (Part 1)
Siderea Reads Watership Down: The First Sixty-Five Pages (Part 2)


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'Well done,' said Hazel, as Dandelion ended.



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They say that there was a time when El-ahrairah and his followers lost all their luck.


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The great burrow was less crowded than when they had left it.



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The corner of the opposite wood turned out to be an acute point.



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To come to the end of a time of anxiety and fear!


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When Hazel and Fiver reached the floor of the hollow they found Blackberry waiting for them, crouching on the peat and nibbling at a few brown stalks of sedge-grass.


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After some time, Hazel woke Buckthorn.


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The sun rose while they were still lying in the thorn.


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(This is the post that should have been made 28 Feb. I will endeavour to make another midweek post to catch us up.)

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The top of the sandy bank was a good six feet above the water.


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As Dandelion ended, Acorn, who was on the windward side of the little group, suddenly started and sat back, with ears up and nostrils twitching.


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Long ago, Frith made the world.


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It was getting on towards moonset when they left the fields and entered the wood.


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Fu Inlé means 'After moonrise'.


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'But Hazel, you didn't really think the Chief Rabbit would act on your advice, did you?'


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In the darkness and warmth of the burrow Hazel suddenly woke, struggling and kicking with his back legs. 


Moderator note: in this chapter, Fiver describes a dream.  The time to discuss what it refers to is when we reach those events, not now.

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