"All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed." - Richard Adams
quote:Originally posted by Javert: "All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed." - Richard Adams
Wow. Watership Down quote made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
I have fond memories of reading that book, and one bad memory that really stands out to me.
*warning - tangent ahead*
So, I read this book as a sixth grader. My teacher asked me what I was reading and I told her. She said "That's the one about rabbits, right?"
Now, as an immature sixth grader, I still knew the book was about a lot more than rabbits. I didn't have the vocabulary or sophistication to articulate that it was symbolic of so much else - it's about community, the true meaning of leadership, etc. I tried to say this, and started by saying "well, it's not really about rabbits..." and I was cut off by my teacher who responded "you must not have read it then, because it's definitely about rabbits."
She was my sixth grade English teacher, and I really wanted to impress her because it was my favorite class and I loved to read. Had she been patient and listened to me, she had a wonderful teaching opportunity to help me gain some of the vocabulary and knowledge to express my thoughts. Instead, she hurt my feelings and I returned the book to the library without finishing it.
I did finish it later, in high school. Still love the book. And it was a beneficial experience for me, because now as a teacher I think about that often and try to show patience...and LISTEN. Sometimes my students know more than they are able to express.
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Watership Down is one of my favorite books. I remember seeing the cartoon when I was a kid, but I don't really remember much about it. I read the book when I was maybe 30. General Woundwort is one of the most frightening literary bad guys I've ever read. I think because he's built up so much before he makes his first appearance. Then when he does, it's such a tense situation, that I was genuinely frightened.
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