Bigwig and Dandelion attack and rout one of the cats—an impressive victory considering that cats are major enemies of rabbits and considered extremely dangerous. Bigwig's ferocity is boundless, and he attacks without hesitation. The rabbits are learning to fight off some of the creatures that normally attack them, and they know how to fight together well. However, there are some adversaries that they simply cannot fight. There is nothing they can do against a gun, which implies that fighting cannot always be their solution. Sometimes they simply must run, and sometimes they must simply not allow themselves to get in certain situations. The rabbits appear able to capably handle other animals, even predators, but humans with guns are too much.

Fiver's powers of intuition continue to be accurate. He knows that Hazel is in danger and then, when everyone thinks that Hazel is dead, Fiver learns in his dream that Hazel is still alive. Although through much of the book Hazel seems passive and suggests his ideas through his brother, in this case he acts instantly and quickly, rushing to save his brother's life. Although the two are very different, Fiver sometimes has the same ability to make split-second decisions and act upon them that makes Hazel such a good leader. Hazel does not think of himself as any more valuable than the other members of the warren, but he is probably wrong. He is their leader, and when they think him lost they lose heart. Part of the difficulty of being a leader is that Hazel must not only take continual risks, but he must also survive them. Because he runs more risks than the other rabbits, he inspires tremendous faith in the rest of the warren. This time, however, the risk finally catches up with him, and it is up to the warren to save him.