Watership Down

by

Richard Adams

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Bigwig Character Analysis

A large, gruff, and brave rabbit and a former member of the Sandleford Owsla who becomes Hazel’s right-hand man on their journey across the English countryside in search of a new place to call home. Though brash, often surly, and almost always ready for a fight, Bigwig is able to keep a cool head when it counts—when he isn’t able to, though his formidable size and strength help him secure his friends’ safety against all manner of threats, dangers, and elil. Bigwig, unlike Hazel and Fiver, is rarely given to nerves our doubt—he is always ready to soldier onward, and his bottomless courage makes him an increasingly important member of the group as the challenges they face move from the existential to the practical. The fearless Bigwig is the one to ultimately venture alone to the militaristic warren Efrafa after Hazel and the others realize that in order for Watership Down to thrive, they are in need to does to produce new kits. Though he faces the threat of physical, psychological, and emotional violence in Efrafa, Bigwig uses his size, strength, quick wits, and passion to successfully infiltrate Efrafa and make his way into the Owsla there, where he successfully smuggles Hyzenthlay, Blackavar, and a number of does out of Efrafa and leads them to safety through a mix of cunning, physical bravery, and strategic manipulation of the Efrafan leaders. Bigwig puts his life on the line for the good of his friends and the dream they share for a safer, brighter future built on mutual trust and the pursuit of freedom.

Bigwig Quotes in Watership Down

The Watership Down quotes below are all either spoken by Bigwig or refer to Bigwig. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Watership Down published in 1972.
Chapter 5 Quotes

To rabbits, everything unknown is dangerous. The first reaction is to startle, the second to bolt. Again and again they startled, until they were close to exhaustion. But what did these sounds mean and where, in this wilderness, could they bolt to? The rabbits crept closer together. Their progress grew slower. Before long they lost the course of the brook, slipping across the moonlit patches as fugitives and halting in the bushes with raised ears and staring eyes. The moon was low now and the light, wherever it slanted through the trees, seemed thicker, older and more yellow.

Page Number: 22-23
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Chapter 18 Quotes

Since leaving the warren of the snares they had become warier, shrewder, a tenacious band who understood each other and worked together. There was no more quarreling. The truth about the warren had been a grim shock. They had come closer together, relying on and valuing each other’s capacities. They knew now that it was on these and on nothing else that their lives depended, and they were not going to waste anything they possessed between them.

Page Number: 122
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Chapter 32 Quotes

“I’m angry with you,” [Hazel] said. “You’re the one rabbit we’re not going to be able to do without and you have to go and run a silly risk like that. It wasn’t necessary and it wasn’t even clever. What were you up to?”

“I’m afraid I just lost my head, Hazel,” replied Bigwig. “I’ve been strung up all day, thinking about this business at Efrafa—got me really on edge. When I feel like that I have to do something—you know, fight or run a risk. I thought if I could make that fox look a fool I wouldn’t feel so worried about the other thing. What’s more, it worked—I feel a lot better now.”

Related Characters: Hazel (speaker), Bigwig (speaker)
Related Symbols: Efrafa
Page Number: 286
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Chapter 35 Quotes

“Thlayli, you are very brave. Are you cunning, too? All our lives will depend on you tomorrow.”

“Well, can you see anything wrong with the plan?”

“No, but I am only a doe who has never been out of Efrafa. Suppose something unexpected happens?”

“Risk is risk. Don’t you want to get out and come and live on the high downs with us? Think of it!”

“Oh, Thlayli! Shall we mate with whom we choose and dig our own burrows and bear our litters alive?”

“You shall: and tell stories in the Honeycomb and silflay whenever you feel like it. It’s a fine life, I promise you.”

“I’ll come! I’ll run any risk.”

Related Characters: Bigwig (speaker), Hyzenthlay (speaker)
Related Symbols: Watership Down, Efrafa
Page Number: 330
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Chapter 38 Quotes

“You dirty little beast,” said Woundwort. “I hear you’ve attacked one of the Council police and broken his leg. We’ll settle with you here. There’s no need to take you back to Efrafa.”

“You crack-brained slave-driver,” answered Bigwig. “I’d like to see you try.”

“All right,” said Woundwort, “that’s enough. Who have we got? Vervain, Campion, put him down. The rest of you, start getting these does back to the warren. The prisoner you can leave to me.”

“Frith sees you!” cried Bigwig. “You’re not fit to be called a rabbit! May Frith blast you and your foul Owsla full of bullies!”

At that instant a dazzling claw of lightning streaked down the length of the sky. The hedge and the distant trees seemed to leap forward in the brilliance of the flash. Immediately upon it came the thunder: a high, tearing noise, as though some huge thing were being ripped to pieces close above, which deepened and turned to enormous blows of dissolution. Then the rain fell like a waterfall. In a few seconds the ground was covered with water and over it, to a height of inches, rose a haze formed of a myriad minute splashes. Stupefied with the shock, unable even to move, the sodden rabbits crouched inert, almost pinned to the earth by the rain.

A small voice spoke in Bigwig’s mind. “Your storm, Thlayli-rah. Use it.”

Related Characters: Bigwig (speaker), General Woundwort (speaker), Captain Campion, Vervain, Lord Frith
Related Symbols: Efrafa
Page Number: 359
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Sights and feelings swirled through Bigwig as though in a dream. The things that were happening no longer seemed connected by anything except his own dazed senses. He heard Kehaar screaming as he dived again to attack Vervain. He felt the rain pouring cold into the open gash in his shoulder. Through the curtain of rain he glimpsed Woundwort dodging among his officers and urging them back into the ditch on the edge of the field. He saw Blackavar striking at Campion and Campion turning to run. Then someone beside him was saying, “Hullo, Bigwig. Bigwig! Bigwig! What do you want us to do?”

Page Number: 360
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Chapter 40 Quotes

As Blackavar came up with Hyzenthlay, Bigwig said, “You told us how it would be, didn’t you? And I was the one who wouldn't listen.”

“Told you?” said Blackavar. “I don’t understand.”

“That there was likely to be a fox.”

“I don’t remember, I’m afraid. But I don’t see that any of us could possibly have known. Anyway, what’s a doe more or less?”

Bigwig looked at him in astonishment, but Blackavar, apparently unconcerned either to stress what he had said or to break off the talk, simply began to nibble the grass. Bigwig, puzzled, moved away and himself began to feed a little distance off, with Hyzenthlay and Hazel. […]

“In Efrafa,” said Hyzenthlay, “if a rabbit gave advice and the advice wasn’t accepted, he immediately forgot it and so did everyone else. Blackavar thought what Hazel decided; and whether it turned out later to be right or wrong was all the same. His own advice had never been given.”

Related Characters: Bigwig (speaker), Hyzenthlay (speaker), Blackavar (speaker)
Related Symbols: Efrafa
Page Number: 389
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Chapter 43 Quotes

When the punt floated down the river in the rain, part of General Woundwort’s authority went with it. He could not have appeared more openly and completely at a loss if Hazel and his companions had flown away over the trees. […] They had suddenly shown their own cunning greater than his, and left him bewildered on the bank. He had overheard the very word—tharn— spoken by one of his officers to another as they returned to Efrafa through the rain. Thlayli, Blackavar and the does of the Near Hind [Mark] had vanished. He had tried to stop them and he had conspicuously failed.

Related Characters: Hazel, Bigwig, General Woundwort, Blackavar
Related Symbols: Efrafa
Page Number: 414-415
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“Rabbits have enough enemies as it is. They ought not to make more among themselves. A mating between free, independent warrens—what do you say?”

At that moment, in the sunset on Watership Down, there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be, or whether he was no more than a tyrant with the courage and cunning of a pirate. For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit’s idea shone clearly before him. He grasped it and realized what it meant. The next, he had pushed it away from him. The sun dipped into the cloud bank and now he could see clearly the track along the ridge, leading to the beech hanger and the bloodshed for which he had prepared with so much energy and care.

“I haven’t time to sit here talking nonsense,” said Woundwort. “You’re in no position to bargain with us. […] Go and tell Thlayli that if the does aren’t waiting outside your warren, with him and Blackavar, by the time I get down there, I’ll tear the throat out of every buck in the place by ni-Frith tomorrow.”

Related Characters: Hazel (speaker), General Woundwort (speaker), Bigwig, Blackavar
Related Symbols: Watership Down, Efrafa
Page Number: 421
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Bigwig Character Timeline in Watership Down

The timeline below shows where the character Bigwig appears in Watership Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Chief Rabbit
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...of his head” stops them from going any further. This rabbit’s name is Thlayli, or Bigwig. When Hazel tells Bigwig that they want to see the Chief, Bigwig is reluctant to... (full context)
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...suggesting Hazel take Fiver home to rest. As they leave, they hear the Threarah reprimanding Bigwig for allowing them back to his chambers. (full context)
Chapter 3: Hazel’s Decision
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...a real threat to their warren, Hazel assures them that Fiver’s visions are never wrong. Bigwig walks up and tells them he’s left the Owsla. He asks Fiver if he’s planning... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Departure
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...Speedwell and Acorn, emerge from a nearby burrow and join the others in the ditch. Bigwig and a quiet, older rabbit called Silver come too. Hazel looks around their small group... (full context)
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...the Owsla, tells the rabbits they’re under arrest for “spreading dissension and inciting to mutiny.” Bigwig leaps upon Holly, scratching and kicking him, and though Holly fights back, he and his... (full context)
Chapter 5: In the Woods
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Bigwig suggests they stop for the night, pointing out that Fiver and Pipkin, the smallest of... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Lendri and the River
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...the ferns part, and an animal’s face peers through them—it is a lendri, or badger. Bigwig urges the rabbits to hurry and flee, and they follow him through the fern and... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Crossing
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Hazel and Fiver rejoin the others, and Bigwig suggests they begin the crossing. Blackberry speaks up, urging Bigwig to swim across first and... (full context)
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...are still feeling weak and says he’ll stay behind with them while the others cross. Bigwig tells Hazel that his idea is stupid. Feeling overwhelmed by indecision and the desire to... (full context)
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...river and make their way across. Once they reach the other side, they realize that Bigwig has gotten back into the water to help push the board carrying Pipkin and Fiver... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Crow and the Beanfield
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...a place for them to rest. As they begin drowsily traversing the field, Silver and Bigwig lead the way while the others go slowly behind them. Soon, a crow sets upon... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Road and the Common
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Bigwig leads Hazel to the road and shows him that it’s easy for rabbits to cross—hrududus... (full context)
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...says he wants to talk to him. As they separate from the group, they hear Bigwig chiding Hawkbit, Acorn, and Speedwell for even thinking about deserting the group. (full context)
Chapter 11: Hard Going
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...Fiver return to the group to find that there has been a “fearful row” between Bigwig, Hawkbit, and Speedwell regarding who, exactly, is Chief Rabbit. Hazel concedes that though he doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Stranger in the Field
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...before digging and make sure they set up their scrapes in the best possible location. Bigwig volunteers to take Silver and Buckthorn to run around the surrounding fields to get a... (full context)
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Hazel, Blackberry, and Dandelion find a good spot to dig. Soon Bigwig returns and reports that though there are signs of men traversing the area, there are... (full context)
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...what Cowslip and his group “stand to get” from having newcomers join their warren, while Bigwig suggests that Cowslip wants to teach Hazel’s group the lay of the land so that... (full context)
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Hazel worries that Fiver is letting their group down. He feels that Blackberry and Bigwig’s arguments were well thought out and rational, but that Fiver, as usual, is falling prey... (full context)
Chapter 14: “Like Trees in November”
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In the morning, Hazel wakes up to a dangerous and unpleasant smell—smoke. He remembers Bigwig having mentioned seeing the little white sticks men smoke above ground. He becomes aware of... (full context)
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That evening, Bigwig and Hazel explore the area around the warren. They come across an area where the... (full context)
Chapter 16: Silverweed
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As Dandelion finishes up the story, Hazel, Bigwig, and the others from their group applaud—they are proud of their storyteller, and hopeful that... (full context)
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...tale, but Fiver is already scrambling up a tunnel towards the burrow entrance. Hazel and Bigwig go after him. Outside, Fiver states that they are all lost in a “great mist... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Shining Wire
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...and is surprised when he looks around the burrow and can’t find Fiver. Hazel wakes Bigwig, who tries to calm Hazel down by suggesting that Fiver probably just went up for... (full context)
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...that he has chosen to leave this new warren and seek shelter in the hills. Bigwig warns Fiver he’ll never make it alone, but Fiver retorts that if Bigwig chooses to... (full context)
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Bigwig accuses Fiver of being selfish, and of putting his “visions” above the needs of everyone... (full context)
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...that Cowslip wouldn’t come to help, and in fact told Fiver to stop talking about Bigwig being in need of help. Together, the rabbits take turns digging out the peg, working... (full context)
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The rabbits say a sad prayer over Bigwig’s body and wonder aloud what they’ll do without him. Hazel asks what happened back at... (full context)
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Hazel suggests Bigwig rest, but the large rabbit claims he doesn’t want to—he longs to kill Cowslip. Silver... (full context)
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...of Hazel’s group died, that would mean Cowslip’s clan would live to see another day. Bigwig tenderly nuzzles Fiver, thanking him at last for his warnings, and asks him what he... (full context)
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A rabbit from Cowslip’s warren approaches their group. Bigwig tells Silver to kill it, but as it gets closer, they see that it is... (full context)
Chapter 19: Fear in the Dark
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...to work. Soon the others follow suit. When it’s time for a break, Hazel and Bigwig lead a group down the slope to get at some better grass, and Hazel and... (full context)
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When darkness begins to fall, Bigwig suggests they return to the top of the hill. They all set out, but Speedwell... (full context)
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Bigwig, believing that the Black Rabbit has indeed come for him, prepares to step out of... (full context)
Chapter 20: A Honeycomb and a Mouse
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...the Black Rabbit himself. Hazel tells Dandelion to go back to the ditch and fetch Bigwig, and meanwhile send Speedwell back up the hill to tell the others. Hazel becomes aware... (full context)
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...in the burrow, and the mouse makes a mad dash inside, narrowly avoiding the hawk. Bigwig reprimands Hazel for offering shelter to a strange animal, but Hazel tells the mouse to... (full context)
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...Holly is finally awake and doing better—Bluebell has taken him up to silflay. Hazel and Bigwig decide to go out and talk to them. Out on the down, Holly asks about... (full context)
Chapter 21: “For El-ahrairah to Cry”
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...When Holly said they were looking for rabbits by the name of Hazel, Fiver, and Bigwig, Cowslip ordered his fellow rabbits to tear Holly and the others to pieces. Holly and... (full context)
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...has been closer to the Black Rabbit—and lived—than himself and Bluebell. Finally, he apologizes to Bigwig and the others for trying to arrest them back at Sandleford, and claims he is... (full context)
Chapter 23: Kehaar
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The next day, early in the morning, Hazel and his group are at silflay when Bigwig and Silver spot a creature with a white back in the grass. They bravely approach... (full context)
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...bird, and they fall asleep as it keeps watch over their hollow. The following day, Bigwig spends some time with the bird, and they converse all day long. Bigwig learns that... (full context)
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Hazel is disappointed—he gathers Bigwig, Blackberry, Fiver, and Silver for a talk, and tells them that he had been hoping... (full context)
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...few days, the rabbits work extra-hard at catching insects to feed to Kehaar. One day, Bigwig approaches Hazel and tells him Kehaar would like to speak to him. Hazel goes to... (full context)
Chapter 25: The Raid
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...morning, during silflay, Hazel tells all the others about the visit to the farm, and Bigwig jumps at the idea of a raid. Hazel assembles a team—Blackberry, Dandelion, Speedwell, and Hawkbit... (full context)
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...Hazel tells the others of his promise to Fiver to stay away from trouble, and Bigwig agrees that Hazel should stay hidden during the raid and take over navigating everyone back... (full context)
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Down at the farm, Bigwig and the others encounter a cat almost right away. Rather than running from it, Bigwig... (full context)
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Bigwig tells the rabbits to follow him, but they want to know where Hazel is and... (full context)
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Bigwig hears the approach of two rabbits—he jumps from the ditch to find Dandelion and Haystack,... (full context)
Chapter 27: “You Can’t Imagine It Unless You’ve Been There”
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Back at Watership Down, in the Honeycomb, Bigwig and Holly call the other rabbits to a meeting. The mood in the room is... (full context)
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When Bigwig asks how the Owsla keeps control over the other rabbits, Holly replies that “you can’t... (full context)
Chapter 28: At the Foot of the Hill
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Bigwig commends Holly on being brave and intrepid enough to navigate himself and the others back... (full context)
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Above ground, Bigwig catches the smell of Blackberry approaching. He bounds up the hill and breathlessly tells Bigwig... (full context)
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Bigwig arrives at the bottom of the hill to find the exhausted Hazel sleeping and Fiver... (full context)
Chapter 29: Return and Departure
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Fiver and Bigwig add their voices in support of Hazel’s plan, as do Silver and Pipkin, citing their... (full context)
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...autumn. Hazel thanks Kehaar for his loyalty and promises the mission will be over soon. Bigwig pokes his head out of the warren to see what Hazel and Kehaar are up... (full context)
Chapter 30: A New Journey
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As Hazel and a group of rabbits including Blackberry, Bluebell, Dandelion, Pipkin, Fiver, Silver, and Bigwig set out for Efrafa, Holly leads them as far as the edge of the wood... (full context)
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...As the group decides whether or not they should go through the forest, Hazel suggests Bigwig—who has proven himself “King of Cats” back at Nuthanger—go through the trees first and check... (full context)
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As Bigwig heads into the copse, Hazel asks Silver whether they’re within the Wide Patrol’s range yet,... (full context)
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...of his “tough […] bunch.” Acorn asks Dandelion to tell a story, and Dandelion, at Bigwig’s request, begins the fearful tale of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit of Inlé. (full context)
Chapter 31: The Story of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit of Inlé
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...becomes frightened of the story, and he and Fiver head off to eat some grass. Bigwig urges Dandelion to resume his story, and to not leave out a single detail. (full context)
Chapter 32: Across the Iron Road
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...the group to follow him away from the fox, but before they can start moving, Bigwig pushes past him and heads directly for the fox. Bigwig draws the fox off into... (full context)
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...they are back in open farmland and moving at a clip. Hazel sidles up to Bigwig and reprimands him for acting recklessly and risking his life when “everything’s going to depend... (full context)
Chapter 33: The Great River
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...perhaps they could wander upriver and search for a great, clever hiding place—together he, Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver, and Bluebell set off. (full context)
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...for the boat at any moment, Hazel says there’s no time to waste. He tells Bigwig to head for Efrafa and reminds him to send word by Kehaar of what he... (full context)
Chapter 34: General Woundwort
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...a strange tuft of hair on his head, and he introduces himself as Thlayli, or Bigwig. Thlayli announces he has come to join Efrafa—when Woundwort asks why, Thlayli inquires if there... (full context)
Chapter 35: Groping
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Chervil and Aven give Bigwig the lay of the land and offer him tips about being on-duty and living in... (full context)
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As Bigwig prepares to take his Mark up for evening silflay, he looks forward to being in... (full context)
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Outside, Bigwig spots a “dreadfully mutilated” rabbit who is being paraded around as an example to the... (full context)
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...recently-deceased Captain Mallow, killed by a homba, “got on.” After she hops away, Chervil tells Bigwig that he’s nervous about a group of cheeky does and wants Bigwig to “get to... (full context)
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Bigwig goes off to silflay, feeling perplexed and overwhelmed as to how he will ever accomplish... (full context)
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Though Bigwig has always prided himself on having a tough spirit, he is overwhelmed by the suffering... (full context)
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Towards the end of silflay, Captain Campion returns from a patrol and meets with Chervil. Bigwig listens to their conversation and discerns that Campion has not been past the iron road.... (full context)
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Bigwig goes down to his burrow, thinking about all the obstacles that lie ahead of him.... (full context)
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When Hyzenthlay comes to his burrow, Bigwig calls her close to him. He can tell that she is tense and angry. He... (full context)
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Hyzenthlay warns Bigwig that no one can be told of the plan ahead of time except perhaps Thethuthinnang.... (full context)
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Bigwig tells Hyzenthlay of his plan to break Blackavar out as well, and Hyzenthlay admires his... (full context)
Chapter 36: Approaching Thunder
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Bigwig wakes up to find Avens standing over him. The officer tells him it’s time for... (full context)
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Above ground, Chervil greets Bigwig and asks if the weather worries him. Bigwig admits that it does, but Chervil says... (full context)
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Bigwig spends the rest of the silflay looking around the yard and trying to find the... (full context)
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Chervil approaches, and as he does, Kehaar flies away. Chervil asks why Bigwig was taking a risk getting so close to a dangerous gull—in answer, Bigwig gives Chervil... (full context)
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After Chervil leaves, Bigwig goes back to the hollow to find Hyzenthlay. She is with Thethuthinnang, and he informs... (full context)
Chapter 37: The Thunder Builds Up
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Though Bigwig’s first impulse is to turn around and fight Woundwort on the spot, he restrains himself... (full context)
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Woundwort asks Bigwig about his activities around the warren. When Bigwig asks why Woundwort is questioning him, Woundwort... (full context)
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Woundwort, though, has more questions. He asks what Bigwig knows about a group of strange rabbits that have been traversing the countryside. Bigwig admits... (full context)
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Out in the field, Hazel, Fiver, Kehaar, and the others wonder why Bigwig is not in place for the plan to unfold. They worry he’s been captured or... (full context)
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Bigwig and Hyzenthlay snuggle together in Bigwig’s burrow—he is exhausted with nerves, having realized how powerful... (full context)
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Bigwig wakes alone around dawn and heads out to the entrance of the warren. He talks... (full context)
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...silflay, Nelthilta makes a remark to Chervil about staying sharp in case of a “surprise.” Bigwig attempts to distract the Captain by asking him to look at see if he’s gotten... (full context)
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Later that morning, Bigwig gets the chance to talk to Blackavar alone in the field. He tells him that... (full context)
Chapter 38: The Thunder Breaks
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...the riverbank, Hazel tries to imagine what is going on in Efrafa. He goes over Bigwig’s report with Kehaar again and again, fretting about how the weather will affect the plan.... (full context)
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Bigwig wakes up to Hyzenthlay urgently calling his name—she tells him that Nelthilta has been arrested... (full context)
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Bigwig, thinking fast, asks if Avens has been informed yet. Chervil says he doesn’t have the... (full context)
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Bigwig returns to the entrance, where the guards have brought up Blackavar. Bigwig apologizes, stating that... (full context)
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Bigwig runs for the edge of the field as thunder sounds in the valley beyond. Bigwig... (full context)
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Bigwig comes to the iron road but sees no sign of Hazel or Kehaar. He feels... (full context)
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Campion points out that Bigwig is bleeding badly from an injury he sustained in his fight with the sentry—when the... (full context)
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Woundwort calls Bigwig a “dirty little beast” and threatens to kill him. Bigwig says he’d like to see... (full context)
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At that moment, Bigwig hears the sound of Kehaar’s call—within seconds, Kehaar is on Woundwort, striking and wounding him.... (full context)
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Bigwig dashes for the river, catching up with Blackberry and Bluebell along the way. The Efrafans... (full context)
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Bigwig arrives at the boat but finds that his friends are having trouble getting the does... (full context)
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Bigwig jumps onto the boat, hoping Woundwort doesn’t know what it is and hasn’t realized what... (full context)
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Bigwig spots Dandelion crouching in the undergrowth. Woundwort begins giving his men orders. Bigwig distracts them... (full context)
Chapter 39: The Bridges
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...too traumatized by all they’ve been through and feel only the dullest measure of relief. Bigwig has collapsed onto his side, exhausted and wounded from his fight with the sentry. Bigwig... (full context)
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...the banks, but all of the rabbits are safely on the other side by nightfall—except Bigwig. (full context)
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After fu Inlé, the injured Bigwig slowly makes his way downstream with the help of Silver and Fiver. When he arrives... (full context)
Chapter 40: The Way Back
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...Hazel begins to worry about the fate of the group. With Kehaar soon to leave, Bigwig’s injury, and his own bad leg, he worries that the burden of shepherding the does... (full context)
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Hazel and Bigwig approach Kehaar, who announces that he is going to take off for the “Peeg Vater.”... (full context)
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After saying goodbye to Kehaar, the rabbits begin making their way north. Bigwig and Hazel are both slowed by their injuries, and the does know little of life... (full context)
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The rabbits quickly move on. Bigwig apologizes to Blackavar for not listening to him and teasing him. Blackavar insists he doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 42: News at Sunset
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...story and heads up above ground to relieve Acorn from his sentry post. Hazel and Bigwig go with him, and on the way, they run into the mouse Hazel saved long... (full context)
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Bigwig dismisses the mouse’s story, but Hazel is determined to get to the bottom of things.... (full context)
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...decides that the plan is worth a shot and to confront Woundwort alone. He tells Bigwig what he’s up to but springs off down the hill before anyone can stop him. (full context)
Chapter 43: The Great Patrol
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...to fight against his warren’s demoralization in the face of their defeat. The day after Bigwig and the others made their escape, Woundwort called a Council meeting and demanded a strong... (full context)
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After an unsuccessful few days, the rabbits at last spotted Bigwig and his group at the copse where he’d unknowingly set a fox on a Wide... (full context)
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...his warren to deliver a message—if the does aren’t waiting outside the warren along with Bigwig and Blackavar by the time Woundwort gets up there, he will “tear the throat out... (full context)
Chapter 44: A Message from El-ahrairah
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...the digging will tire the Efrafans out and dull their claws, making a confrontation easier. Bigwig suggests they evacuate the Honeycomb, get everyone into the sleeping burrows, and block the runs.... (full context)
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...out a terrible scream, and begins shouting at the others, calling them “dirty little beasts.” Bigwig urges Hazel to control Fiver before he frightens all the others. Fiver falls into a... (full context)
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...have a strange vision. He remembers coming to the first river with Fiver, and hearing Bigwig tell them all to hurry across as there was a dog loose in the wood.... (full context)
Chapter 46: Bigwig Stands His Ground
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On the other side of the wall, Bigwig and Holly, sensing the Efrafans’ approach, devise a plan. Bigwig tells Holly to bury him... (full context)
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...and lashes, but the enemy throws him on his back. Realizing that his assailant is Bigwig, Woundwort reminds the rabbit of his promise to kill him.  (full context)
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Bigwig attacks Woundwort’s other leg, but Woundwort throws his weight forward, and Bigwig is crushed. Woundwort... (full context)
Chapter 47: The Sky Suspended
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Bigwig defends the tunnel against Woundwort. Holly sees that Bigwig is bleeding and offers to take... (full context)
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Woundwort again tries to lure Bigwig out by warning him that they’ll soon have finished digging around the run, but Bigwig... (full context)
Chapter 49: Hazel Comes Home
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...into Watership Down without much fanfare—the Watership Down rabbits are too focused on their own. Bigwig is near death, and Hyzenthlay helps nurse him back to health. Hazel is nowhere to... (full context)
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Back at the warren, Hazel immediately goes to Bigwig. Though the larger rabbit is weak and hardly conscious, Hazel tells him how proud he... (full context)
Chapter 50: And Last
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The rabbits wander around the down and come upon Bigwig—captain of Watership Down’s “free-and-easy Owsla”—teaching some young bucks about various elil. The young kits ask... (full context)