Watership Down

by

Richard Adams

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Hazel Character Analysis

Hazel is the primary protagonist of the novel, and the intrepid leader of a band of rabbits who flee their home at Sandleford after Hazel’s brother Fiver experiences a vision of their warren’s destruction. Though at the start of the journey, Hazel is just as timid and frightened as the rest of the group he leads out of Sandleford, he quickly rises to the role his fellow rabbits have urged him into, even drawing comparisons between his own intrepid and tricksy nature and that of the rabbits’ folk-hero idol, El-ahrairah. Hazel successfully navigates a band of Sandleford rabbits through terror and tumult as they traverse the English countryside and encounter predators, new kinds of terrain, and other strange rabbits who threaten their newfound freedom. As a leader, Hazel is democratic and open—he genuinely wants the best for all his followers, and never attempts to extort, manipulate, or otherwise control them. Though occasionally insecure about whether he is truly worthy, intelligent, or strong enough to lead, he uses his wiles and cunning to secure his new warren’s security, and, inspired by the folktales of the trickster rabbit hero El-ahrairah, uses the help of other animals—even those considered to be elil—in pursuit of ensuring a safe, successful future for his friends. When Hazel is wounded in a raid on a nearby farm in pursuit of some does to add to the warren, he is not strong enough to carry out the mission to infiltrate Efrafa, and turns the reins over to Bigwig—but when the angry Efrafans follow the escaped does back to Watership Down and attack the burrow Hazel and his friends have worked to hard to build, Hazel once again rises to the occasion and delivers a clever, El-ahrairah-inspired deus ex machina to win the fight for Watership Down—and, symbolically, for freedom, democracy, and equality between rabbits.

Hazel Quotes in Watership Down

The Watership Down quotes below are all either spoken by Hazel or refer to Hazel. 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 24 Quotes

Things had not looked better since they had first set out from Sandleford.

A spirit of happy mischief entered into Hazel. He felt as he had on the morning when they crossed the Enborne and he had set out alone and found the beanfield. He was confident and ready for adventure. But what adventure? Something worth telling to Holly and Silver on their return. Something to—well, not to diminish what they were going to do. No, of course not—but just to show them that their Chief Rabbit was up to anything that they were up to.

Related Characters: Hazel, Silver, Holly
Related Symbols: Watership Down
Page Number: 197-198
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Chapter 28 Quotes

“We can’t go on with nothing but these two does.”

“But what else can we do?”

“I know what we’ve got to do,” said Hazel, “but I still can’t see how. We’ve got to go back and get some does out of Efrafa.”

“You might as well say you were going to get them out of Inlé, Hazel-rah. I’m afraid I can’t have given you a very clear description of Efrafa.”

“Oh, yes, you have—the whole idea scares me stiff. But we’re going to do it.”

“It can’t be done.”

“It can’t be done by fighting or fair words, no. So it will have to be done by means of a trick.”

Related Characters: Hazel (speaker), Holly (speaker)
Related Symbols: El-ahrairah, Efrafa
Page Number: 249
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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 39 Quotes

Most of the rabbits had very little idea of what was happening. The Efrafan does had never seen a river and it would certainly have been beyond Pipkin or Hawkbit to explain to them that they were on a boat. They—and nearly all the others—had simply trusted Hazel and done as they were told. But all— bucks and does alike—realized that Woundwort and his followers had vanished. Wearied by all they had gone through, the sodden rabbits crouched without talking, incapable of any feeling but a dull relief and without even the energy to wonder what was going to happen next.

That they should feel any relief—dull or otherwise—was remarkable in the circumstances and showed both how little they understood their situation and how much fear Woundwort could inspire, for their escape from him seemed to be their only good fortune.

Related Characters: Hazel, General Woundwort, Pipkin, Hawkbit
Related Symbols: Efrafa
Page Number: 369-370
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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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Epilogue Quotes

[Hazel] raised his head and said, “Do you want to talk to me?”

“Yes, that’s what I’ve come for,” replied the other. “You know me, don’t you?”

“Yes, of course,” said Hazel, hoping he would be able to remember his name in a moment. Then he saw that in the darkness of the burrow the stranger’s ears were shining with a faint silver light. “Yes, my lord,” he said. “Yes, I know you.”

“You’ve been feeling tired,” said the stranger, “but I can do something about that. I’ve come to ask whether you’d care to join my Owsla. We shall be glad to have you and you’ll enjoy it. If you’re ready, we might go along now.”

They went out past the young sentry, who paid the visitor no attention. The sun was shining and in spite of the cold there were a few bucks and does at silflay, keeping out of the wind as they nibbled the shoots of spring grass. It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body anymore, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses.

“You needn’t worry about them,” said his companion. “They’ll be all right—and thousands like them. If you’ll come along, I’ll show you what I mean.”

He reached the top of the bank in a single, powerful leap. Hazel followed; and together they slipped away, running easily down through the wood, where the first primroses were beginning to bloom.

Related Characters: Hazel (speaker), Lord Frith, Black Rabbit of Inlé
Related Symbols: El-ahrairah
Page Number: 474
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Hazel Character Timeline in Watership Down

The timeline below shows where the character Hazel appears in Watership Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Notice Board
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...nervous rabbit, Fiver, was the runt of his litter; the larger rabbit is his brother Hazel. (full context)
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Fiver suggests to Hazel that the two of them go down to the brook. He senses a “queer” energy... (full context)
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As Hazel and Fiver hop away, Hazel expresses his dissatisfaction with life in the Sandleford warren. He... (full context)
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Hazel suggests they head back to the burrow, but Fiver is afraid to. Hazel promises Fiver... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Chief Rabbit
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That evening, Hazel is awoken by Fiver kicking and whimpering. He wakes Fiver up; Fiver reveals he was... (full context)
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It is slightly after ni-Frith, or noon, when Hazel and Fiver depart their burrow and head to the Chief Rabbit’s. Down in the Chief’s... (full context)
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Hazel and Fiver are led back to the Threarah’s burrow, and Hazel reminds the chief of... (full context)
Chapter 3: Hazel’s Decision
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That evening, Hazel, Fiver, and their friends Blackberry and Dandelion are feeding near the woods. Hazel expresses his... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Departure
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Just after moonrise, Hazel, Fiver, and their friend Pipkin, a small and timid rabbit, quietly leave their burrow and... (full context)
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Hazel wants to wait a little longer for some others to join. Soon, Blackberry and Buckthorn,... (full context)
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...though Holly fights back, he and his guards are outnumbered. The fight breaks up and Hazel tells Holly to take his guard back to the burrow, or “be killed.” Holly warns... (full context)
Chapter 5: In the Woods
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...warren has ever gone—when they enter a small wood. Though rabbits usually avoid close woodlands, Hazel urges them onward, wanting to put as much distance between them and their warren as... (full context)
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As the rabbits approach a bend in the path, Hazel decides to go ahead alone while the others wait behind, in case of any danger.... (full context)
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...the night, pointing out that Fiver and Pipkin, the smallest of the bunch, are exhausted. Hazel agrees that they all deserve a rest. It will be safer in the long run... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Crossing
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Hazel notices that dawn is near and suggests they all feed before attempting to cross the... (full context)
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Hazel and Fiver rejoin the others, and Bigwig suggests they begin the crossing. Blackberry speaks up,... (full context)
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Hazel knows that Fiver and Pipkin are still feeling weak and says he’ll stay behind with... (full context)
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Blackberry pushes the board into the stream, and Pipkin and Fiver begin drifting across. Hazel’s head clears, and he urges the others to begin swimming. Dandelion, Silver, Blackberry, and all... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Crow and the Beanfield
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...the rabbits take shelter in a thorn patch in the middle of a field and Hazel takes stock of the group’s surroundings. As he traverses the field he smells a strange... (full context)
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Hazel returns and tells the group he has found a place for them to rest. As... (full context)
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...shelter beneath the plants, but Pipkin is breathing heavily and seems to be in pain. Hazel takes a look at the rabbit’s foot and sees that he has a thorn embedded... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Road and the Common
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The rabbits take turns sleeping and keeping watch throughout the day. After his shift, Hazel falls asleep and then wakes at sunset to find Pipkin still nursing his wound. Pipkin... (full context)
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...takes over and they begin running in search of burrows, though they haven’t dug any. Hazel waits in the middle of the field for everyone to slowly make their way back... (full context)
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Bigwig leads Hazel to the road and shows him that it’s easy for rabbits to cross—hrududus take no... (full context)
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...insects. They make their way through the treacherous ground, but late that night, Hawkbit pulls Hazel aside and tells him that he and a couple of the others have had enough... (full context)
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Fiver leads Hazel up a ridge and the two of them look out upon the fields and downs.... (full context)
Chapter 11: Hard Going
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Hazel and Fiver return to the group to find that there has been a “fearful row”... (full context)
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Hazel rounds up the others, telling them it’s time to move on. As they make their... (full context)
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As the sun begins to rise, Hazel can see that they’ve made it through the heather and are nearer to the hills... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Stranger in the Field
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...they decide to dig scrapes—short, shallow burrows meant to “give [them] shelter in a pinch.” Hazel suggests they canvas the area before digging and make sure they set up their scrapes... (full context)
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Hazel, Blackberry, and Dandelion find a good spot to dig. Soon Bigwig returns and reports that... (full context)
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...do any serious digging—the job of a doe—they now set to digging out their scrapes. Hazel supervises the “construction,” After a while he hears Fiver stamp out a warning—he follows Fiver’s... (full context)
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As the rabbits begin conversing, Hazel learns that the other rabbit and his warren saw Hazel and his group approaching over... (full context)
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...he admits that he would like it if his own group were larger in numbers. Hazel apologizes on Fiver’s behalf, explaining that their group has been through a lot and that... (full context)
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Later on, when the rain arrives and the air fills with a chill, Hazel realizes that Cowslip was right: their scrapes are rough and do not have any of... (full context)
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Hazel worries that Fiver is letting their group down. He feels that Blackberry and Bigwig’s arguments... (full context)
Chapter 13: Hospitality
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As Hazel and the others approach Cowslip’s warren, they are surprised by how visible it is even... (full context)
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Underground, Hazel and the others find themselves in the largest burrow they have ever been in. The... (full context)
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...grow accustomed to one another by playing together and nuzzling one another, Fiver stands apart. Hazel asks who the Chief Rabbit is, but one of the other rabbits answers that they... (full context)
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A rabbit named Strawberry introduces himself to Hazel and offers to show him around the warren. Hazel follows him through the sizable burrow.... (full context)
Chapter 14: “Like Trees in November”
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Back in the main burrow, Hazel begins gathering his group to go above ground to silflay so that they can talk... (full context)
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In the morning, Hazel wakes up to a dangerous and unpleasant smell—smoke. He remembers Bigwig having mentioned seeing the... (full context)
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As Hazel heads up with Strawberry and several of the others to silflay, he feels a camaraderie... (full context)
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Hazel speeds towards the vegetables, hungry and excited. He begins munching on a carrot and is... (full context)
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Hazel spots Fiver sitting far away beneath a tree. He asks Fiver if he’s going to... (full context)
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That evening, Bigwig and Hazel explore the area around the warren. They come across an area where the ground is... (full context)
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In the burrow, Cowslip tells Hazel that the other rabbits are suggesting a story. Blackberry urges Hazel to tell the story... (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... (full context)
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...thinker, urges him to take center stage. As he does, Fiver begins trembling, and tells Hazel he is “terrified” of Silverweed. (full context)
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Attempting to cover for Fiver, Hazel hurriedly states that Fiver is something of a “poet” too and is often deeply affected... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Shining Wire
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Hazel awakes from a frightening nightmare and is surprised when he looks around the burrow and... (full context)
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...than Fiver will be out in the wild. Bigwig begins speaking roughly to Fiver, but Hazel intervenes, and admits that he has been denying the truth all along: he believes that... (full context)
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...of everyone else. Bigwig scampers off in a huff, back towards the warren, but soon Hazel and Fiver hear a commotion. They run after Bigwig and find that he has been... (full context)
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Hazel sends Fiver back to the warren to get help, and within moments Blackberry is 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... (full context)
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...to increase the odds that one of his own wouldn’t be taken next—if one of Hazel’s group died, that would mean Cowslip’s clan would live to see another day. Bigwig tenderly... (full context)
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...begs to be brought along. Silver chastises Strawberry for his role in deceiving them all—but Hazel speaks up and tells Strawberry that he is welcome in their group. Together, they help... (full context)
Chapter 18: Watership Down
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Now, at the bottom of the hill, Hazel asks Fiver if they are meant to climb to the top, which Fiver says they... (full context)
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...spotted in an instant. Dandelion is overjoyed, and thanks Frith for their good fortune, but Hazel reminds him that Fiver was the one who found this place for them. (full context)
Chapter 19: Fear in the Dark
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...their new temporary burrows. They are so tired that they sleep well past dawn. When Hazel at last awakens, he goes up to pass hraka and nibble at some grass. Looking... (full context)
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After the other rabbits have woken up and silflayed, Hazel leads the group to a wooded part of the down—the place he and Blackberry believe... (full context)
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...indeed come for him, prepares to step out of the ditch to meet his fate. Hazel tells Bigwig to stay put and steps out to see who’s there himself. The loyal... (full context)
Chapter 20: A Honeycomb and a Mouse
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...miserable state. The reality of seeing Holly so beaten and broken is more frightening for Hazel and his group, in many ways, than encountering the Black Rabbit himself. Hazel tells Dandelion... (full context)
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The next day, Hazel, Blackberry, and Strawberry discuss construction on the new warren and the best way to make... (full context)
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Dandelion emerges from his burrow to update Hazel on Holly and Bluebell. After a very bad, sleepless night, Holly is finally awake and... (full context)
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...his vision of Sandleford’s destruction. They all head down into the Honeycomb, but the mouse Hazel rescued earlier stops him on the way. He says he plans to leave, but that... (full context)
Chapter 21: “For El-ahrairah to Cry”
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Holly begins his tale. The day after Hazel, Fiver, and the others left, some rumors about Fiver’s visions were swirling through the warren.... (full context)
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The rabbits crossed the river in the morning, following Hazel’s group’s tracks, and eventually made it to the heather. They encountered a scratched-up hlessi who... (full context)
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...down and threatened to kill him in order to get Cowslip to tell him where Hazel and the others had gone. Cowslip pointed them in the direction of the hills, and... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Story of the Trial of El-ahrairah
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After Holly is done telling his story, Hazel begins cleaning the rabbit’s mangled ear. Silver helps, and as he does, he and Hazel... (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... (full context)
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Hazel brings the bird its food. After it eats, it says it wants to leave, but... (full context)
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When Hazel arrives back at the warren with the bird, the other rabbits are skeptical and even... (full context)
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Hazel is disappointed—he gathers Bigwig, Blackberry, Fiver, and Silver for a talk, and tells them that... (full context)
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...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 Kehaar’s scrape,... (full context)
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Kehaar sets off in flight and is gone for several days. Hazel begins wondering if Kehaar is really going to come back, or whether he’s gone off... (full context)
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The next morning, Hazel tells the others that he does not want to leave this warren and join the... (full context)
Chapter 24: Nuthanger Farm
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...the rabbits have been working on enlarging the burrows in anticipation of the does’ arrival. Hazel feels a “happy mischief” building inside him, and knows he is ready for a new... (full context)
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Hazel decides to bring Pipkin along with him to the farm just to have a look... (full context)
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Inside the shed, Hazel has Pipkin keep watch while he approaches the hutch and introduces himself to the rabbits... (full context)
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Knowing time is running short, Hazel says he’ll leave and return one night soon to release the rabbits and bring them... (full context)
Chapter 25: The Raid
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Pipkin and Hazel take their time in getting back to Watership Down, and don’t return until evening. Hazel... (full context)
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The next morning, during silflay, Hazel tells all the others about the visit to the farm, and Bigwig jumps at the... (full context)
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The next morning is bright and dry, and Hazel spends much of the day strategizing with the others about their infiltration of the farm.... (full context)
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...while they wait for the sun to go down. When it’s time to head in, Hazel tells the others of his promise to Fiver to stay away from trouble, and Bigwig... (full context)
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Bigwig tells the rabbits to follow him, but they want to know where Hazel is and are less comfortable without him present. Blackberry and Bigwig assure the rabbits that... (full context)
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When Hazel realizes that two rabbits have not made it out, he asks Dandelion to go with... (full context)
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Two humans complain that Lucy’s rabbits have gotten out again and hurry to catch them. Hazel urges Dandelion and Haystack to run, and they follow his orders. Laurel is caught by... (full context)
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Hazel, Dandelion, and Haystack take shelter in a ditch and listen for the men’s footsteps. Hazel... (full context)
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...approach of two rabbits—he jumps from the ditch to find Dandelion and Haystack, but no Hazel. They report that they heard Hazel get shot, and saw Laurel get put back in... (full context)
Chapter 26: Fiver Beyond
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Fiver sleeps uneasily throughout the day and remembers the loss of Hazel with a sharp pain each time he wakes. In his dreams, he has a conversation... (full context)
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...kicking and squealing in his sleep and attempts to console him by telling him that Hazel has gone to be with Lord Frith. He also informs Fiver that Holly and the... (full context)
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Fiver asks Blackberry if he will take him to the place where Hazel was shot, as he believes that Hazel is still alive. Blackberry leads Fiver across the... (full context)
Chapter 27: “You Can’t Imagine It Unless You’ve Been There”
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...to a meeting. The mood in the room is solemn—all are mourning the death of Hazel. Nevertheless, Holly begins to share the tale of his frightful journey. He remembers that the... (full context)
Chapter 28: At the Foot of the Hill
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...the smell of Blackberry approaching. He bounds up the hill and breathlessly tells Bigwig that Hazel is alive but wounded, and that Fiver is with him at the bottom of the... (full context)
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Bigwig arrives at the bottom of the hill to find the exhausted Hazel sleeping and Fiver feeding. Bigwig spends the night guarding his friend, and in the morning,... (full context)
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Hazel stays at the foot of the hill for three days, gathering his strength. Fiver stays... (full context)
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Chapter 29: Return and Departure
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The next morning at dawn, Hazel and Fiver head up the hill to the warren. When they arrive, they find all... (full context)
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In the afternoon, Hazel calls the whole group into the Honeycomb and announces that he is going to journey... (full context)
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Holly speaks up. He apologizes for having to speak against Hazel, but states that he cannot imagine a return to Efrafa being anything other than a... (full context)
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Fiver and Bigwig add their voices in support of Hazel’s plan, as do Silver and Pipkin, citing their loyalty to Hazel. Blackberry scurries down into... (full context)
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Hazel concludes the meeting and heads up to talk to Kehaar. He asks if Kehaar really... (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... (full context)
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...and dangerous. 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... (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, which Silver supposes that they... (full context)
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On the other side of the woods, the rabbits meet up with Kehaar. Hazel asks him to fly on their behalf and seek out a place to hide as... (full context)
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The rabbits pause to feed and rest before they head out again at fu Inlé. Hazel tries to appear confident and cheerful, but he can sense that the group is on... (full context)
Chapter 32: Across the Iron Road
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Hazel immediately leaps into action, scouting out the fox in the field. He sees that it... (full context)
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...begin to clear. Soon 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... (full context)
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...on the other side, Kehaar approaches and warns them that a Wide Patrol is nearby. Hazel urges them all into a nearby wood, and the exhausted rabbits quickly fall asleep.  (full context)
Chapter 33: The Great River
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Hazel wakes to the perfume of strange flowers. He feeds in the field and is upset... (full context)
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...wide patrols across the train tracks, and that the river is not far off. Relieved, Hazel leads the group out once more. They approach the river in no time at all—it... (full context)
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The next morning, Hazel and the group begin exploring their surroundings more carefully. The area is damp, verdant, and... (full context)
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...the boat and find that it is tied up to a post on the riverbank. Hazel, seeing no value in the object, says they should head back, and Bluebell laments that... (full context)
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Realizing a man could come back for the boat at any moment, Hazel says there’s no time to waste. He tells Bigwig to head for Efrafa and reminds... (full context)
Chapter 37: The Thunder Builds Up
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Out in the field, Hazel, Fiver, Kehaar, and the others wonder why Bigwig is not in place for the plan... (full context)
Chapter 38: The Thunder Breaks
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Back at the riverbank, Hazel tries to imagine what is going on in Efrafa. He goes over Bigwig’s report with... (full context)
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...Blackavar lead the does to a nearby hedge—as they approach the meeting-place, Bigwig prays that Hazel and Kehaar will be waiting. (full context)
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Bigwig comes to the iron road but sees no sign of Hazel or Kehaar. He feels troubled and can see that the does—confused that the plan they... (full context)
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...boat at once, as do the Watership Down rabbits. The only one missing is Dandelion. Hazel says they’ll have to leave him. (full context)
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...of Kehaar in the sky—when they all look up, Dandelion rushes onto the boat, and Hazel snaps the rope. As the boat flies down the rushing river, Bigwig sees Woundwort’s shocked... (full context)
Chapter 39: The Bridges
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...collapsed onto his side, exhausted and wounded from his fight with the sentry. Bigwig tells Hazel how difficult and terrible the escape was, and Hazel reassures him that their “children’s children... (full context)
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...voices on the bridge. They freeze, and the voices diminish as the men move along. Hazel urges all the rabbits to jump into the water quickly to avoid being caught by... (full context)
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Fiver, Hazel, Pipkin, Blackavar, and the others make their way through the culvert to the pool beyond... (full context)
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...Fiver. When he arrives exhausted on the bank, he says he needs to sleep, and Hazel helps him find a warm, dry fallen trunk where they can all settle in for... (full context)
Chapter 40: The Way Back
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In the morning, Hazel learns that one of the Efrafan does—the one who grazed the first bridge—has died in... (full context)
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Hazel and Bigwig approach Kehaar, who announces that he is going to take off for the... (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 as a... (full context)
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Late one afternoon, Hazel suggests the rabbits stop to rest for the night. Fiver, though, has an odd feeling,... (full context)
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That afternoon, the rabbits come to a familiar place, and Hazel realizes that if they press onward they will be in the Honeycomb by night. As... (full context)
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Blackavar approaches Hazel and whispers that they must kill the officers—they must not be allowed to return to... (full context)
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Soon, Blackavar reports that he has seen two strange rabbits nearby—Hazel and Dandelion go off to investigate and are thrilled to find Buckthorn and Strawberry playing... (full context)
Chapter 42: News at Sunset
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...finishes his 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... (full context)
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Bigwig dismisses the mouse’s story, but Hazel is determined to get to the bottom of things. He asks Holly and Blackavar to... (full context)
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Hazel worries that their warren will not hold against the Efrafan’s attack, and knows that as... (full context)
Chapter 43: The Great Patrol
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...tree to try and get a better look, they are approached by a small, limping rabbit—Hazel. Woundwort warns Hazel that he and the Efrafans are going to “destroy” him and his... (full context)
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Woundwort rejects Hazel’s proposal and denies him the chance to bargain any further. He allows Hazel to return... (full context)
Chapter 44: A Message from El-ahrairah
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Hazel returns to the Honeycomb, where all of the Watership Down rabbits are crouched in the... (full context)
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...they can infiltrate the warren and begin an assault. Woundwort approves the plan, and soon Hazel and the others hear the sound of scratching above them. (full context)
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Blackberry worries that the roof will soon give in, even though Hazel is confident that all the digging will tire the Efrafans out and dull their claws,... (full context)
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Hazel encounters Fiver, who is not digging but listening for “something the others can’t hear.” Fiver... (full context)
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Hazel himself begins to have a strange vision. He remembers coming to the first river with... (full context)
Chapter 45: Nuthanger Farm Again
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At the edge of the field leading to the farm, Hazel, Blackberry and Dandelion review the plan. Blackberry is going to wait at the edge of... (full context)
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Hazel hops up onto the roof of the kennel. As the smell of the dog hits... (full context)
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Hazel thumps on the roof to warn Dandelion, who shoots out of the grass and into... (full context)
Chapter 49: Hazel Comes Home
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Back at the warren, Hazel immediately goes to Bigwig. Though the larger rabbit is weak and hardly conscious, Hazel tells... (full context)
Chapter 50: And Last
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...some insects have died off. The rabbits are readying themselves for the “hardship” of winter. Hazel and Fiver are sitting atop the down with Holly, Silver, and Groundsel. The Efrafan survivors... (full context)
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...to be, and indeed both warrens are flourishing to the point of being overcrowded. Soon, Hazel says, they ought to start a warren in between their two burrows, made half of... (full context)
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...various elil. The young kits ask Bigwig to tell them tales of his grand adventures. Hazel, Holly, Groundsel, and Silver talk about how much they owe to Bigwig, and how grateful... (full context)
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When the little rabbits see Hazel approaching, they leap upon him and nuzzle him, shouting “Hazel-rah!” over and over. One of... (full context)
Epilogue
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Hazel lives well past the life expectancy of a wild rabbit, which is two or three... (full context)
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One chilly March morning, Hazel is dozing in his burrow when he wakes to realize another rabbit is lying beside... (full context)