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A Day No Pigs Would Die

Robert Newton Peck

Chapter 5

Chapter 4

Chapter 5, page 2

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Summary

On Sunday, the Peck family goes to a Shaker Meeting in Learning. They travel on the wagon pulled by Solomon. Robert describes the day as the perfect Sunday, with the best part being his place in the meeting, where he could see Becky Tate without her being able to see him.

After the meeting back on the farm, Robert and Pinky go for a walk on the ridge that separates the Peck land from the Tanner farm. They walk all over, but do not go near the spot where Robert ran into Apron the previous week. While they walk, Pinky discovers her first butternut, which Robert cracks for her. She enjoys the treat and soon finds many more. Seeing the small streams created by the melting of spring, Robert asks Pinky if she has ever seen a flutterwheel and, failing to get a response, builds one for her anyway. The flutterwheel consists of two forked sticks, and axle, and a paddlewheel, all of which Robert scraps together from nearby trees. Pinky watches the flutterwheel for a second or two, but she almost immediately resumes the hunt for butternuts.

The two continue their walk, with Pinky rarely straying far from Robert's side. The one time that she does, she is nearly scared to death by the call of a black crow. Later while walking through a stream, Pinky nearly steps on a frog. The frog jumps, and so does Pinky, but shortly afterward, she figures out that the frog is not threatening and chases it up the stream. This game ends when the crow that, earlier, scared Pinky gobbles the frog up.

Watching all this play out, Robert is reminded of a conversation he had had with his father while cleaning frogs to eat. He asked his father why they only eat the hind legs of the frogs, to which Haven replied, "Rob, here's what you do. You catch a real big bullfrog and make friends with him. And teach him to jump backwards. That'll make his front legs as big as the hind." Robert actually did try to teach a bullfrog to jump backwards in response to this, but he never succeeded.

All the thinking about frogs makes Robert hungry, and he decides that Pinky and he will have frogs for dinner. They head over to the sump to catch some, but even after searching for quite a while, they don't catch a single one. While poking around for frogs, Pinky finds a big crawdaddy, which grabs onto her nose. Pinky squeals, and Robert comes over and takes the crawdaddy off, but Pinky keeps squealing anyway.

Later, high on the ridge, Robert notices how prosperous the Tanner farm seems in comparison to theirs. Gazing down, he sees old Apron and feels the stitches in his arm begin to hurt again. He also sees Bib and Bob, which inspires Robert to reveal the source of his name, the famous Shaker Indian hunter Robert Rodgers.

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Pinky is a girl!

by VioletFlowermeadow, August 12, 2013

I noticed that you guys made Pinky a "he", although she is a GIRL! Why else would they breed her to a boar? She was expected to be a brood sow! How can that possibly be a boy? It just looks funny to me...

Samson and Solomon

by twistleton, January 02, 2014

The ox is Solomon; Mr. Tanner's boar hog is Samson.

Apron and Daisy

by sewingmama, January 06, 2014

Apron:Mr.Tanner's

cow, Bib and Bob's mother
Daisy: The Peck's dairy cow

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