is David’s horse, who stays in the stables at Grandpa Hayden
’s house. When Grandpa Hayden confronts Wesley
about the arrest of Frank
, Wesley tells David
he can never let Grandpa in the house ever again. Wesley cries, not because his family had been ripped apart, or because his relationship with his grandfather has forever changed, but because he fears he will never see Nutty again. This is, however, not a trivial impulse on David’s part—Nutty is a figure for childhood itself. The horse had enabled David’s exploration, his long walks, hunting and fishing expeditions, and imaginary adventures. When David mourns the loss of Nutty, he is not merely mourning a pet, but sorrowfully acknowledging that his life will never be the same as it once was, that his childhood as it was will never return.