Where the Red Fern Grows

by

Wilson Rawls

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The smaller of Billy’s hounds. Little Ann is, Billy deduces, the runt of her litter—but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in smarts. Little Ann is, in many ways, a foil to her brother, Old Dan. Where Dan is large, headstrong, and bold, Ann is small, crafty, and timid. Little Ann is able to outwit raccoons with ease, picking up on their tricks and paying attention to the subtle changes in scent and tracks that the more bullheaded Dan often ignores. Little Ann is loving, patient, and gentle—she licks Dan’s wounds after his fights with raccoons, bobcats, and other small game, and she show similarly affectionate behavior to Billy, Mama, and Billy’s sisters. The relationship between Little Ann and Old Dan is loving and deep—so deep, in fact, that toward the end of the novel, when Dan succumbs to wounds sustained in a fight against a mountain lion and perishes, Little Ann gives up her will to live, lies down upon Dan’s grave, and dies. Though Billy is devastated by the loss of his dogs, their relationship during their healthy, wild days as well as throughout their sad final hours teaches him a great amount about love, loss, loyalty, and the beauty of animals and the natural world.

Little Ann Quotes in Where the Red Fern Grows

The Where the Red Fern Grows quotes below are all either spoken by Little Ann or refer to Little Ann. 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 Yearling edition of Where the Red Fern Grows published in 1996.
Chapter 1 Quotes

By this time, my fighting blood was boiling. It's hard for a man to stand and watch an old hound fight against such odds, especially if that man has memories in his heart like I had in mine. I had seen the time when an old hound like that had given his life so that I might live.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 2
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Chapter 5 Quotes

One pup started my way. I held my breath. On he came until I felt a scratchy little foot on mine. The other pup followed. A warm puppy tongue caressed my sore foot.

I heard the Stationmaster say, "They already know you."

I knelt down and gathered them in my arms. I buried my face between their wiggling bodies and cried. The Stationmaster, sensing something more than just two dogs and a boy, waited in silence.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), The Stationmaster (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 42
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What I saw in my pups gave me courage. My knees quit shaking and my heart stopped pounding.

I figured the lion had scented my pups. The more I thought about anything harming them, the madder I got. I was ready to die for my dogs.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 52
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Chapter 7 Quotes

It was wonderful indeed how I could have heart-to-heart talks with my dogs and they always seemed to understand. […] Although they couldn't talk in my terms, they had a language of their own that was easy to understand. Sometimes I would see the answer in their eyes, and again it would be in the friendly wagging of their tails. […] In some way, they would always answer.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 77-78
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Chapter 8 Quotes

I was expecting one of them to bawl, but when it came it startled me. The deep tones of Old Dan's voice jarred the silence around me. […] A strange feeling came over me. […] This was what I had prayed for, worked and sweated for, my own little hounds bawling on the trail of a river coon. I don't know why I cried, but I did.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 83-84
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With tears in my eyes, I looked again at the big sycamore. A wave of anger came over me. Gritting my teeth, I said, "l don't care how big you are, I'm not going to let my dogs down. I told them if they put a coon in a tree I would do the rest and I'm going to. I'm going to cut you down. I don't care if it takes me a whole year."

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 90
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“If a man's word isn't any good, he's no good himself.”

Related Characters: Billy’s Father / Papa (speaker), Billy Colman, Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 93
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Chapter 9 Quotes

There, scratched deep in the soft leaves were two little beds. One was smaller than the other. Looking at Little Ann, I read the answer in her warm gray eyes.

Old Dan hadn't been alone when he had gone back to the tree. She too had gone along. There was no doubt that in the early morning she had come home to get me.

There was a lump in my throat as I said, “I'm sorry little girl, I should've known."

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 106
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Kneeling down between my dogs, I cried and prayed. “Please God, give me the strength to finish the job. […] Please help me finish the job." I was trying to rewrap my hands so I could go back to work when I heard a low droning sound. […] I looked up. High in the top of the big sycamore a breeze had started the limbs to swaying. A shudder ran through the huge trunk. […]

It started popping and snapping. I knew it was going to fall. […]

I held my breath. The top of the big sycamore rocked and swayed.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 108
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I opened my mouth to call Old Dan. I wanted to tell him to come on and we'd go home as there was nothing we could do. The words just wouldn't come out. I couldn't utter a sound. I lay my face against the icy cold bark of the sycamore. I thought of the prayer I had said when I had asked God to help me get two hound pups. I knelt down and sobbed out a prayer. I asked for a miracle which would save the life of my little dog. I promised all the things that a young boy could if only He would help me.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 134
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Chapter 13 Quotes

About halfway up, far out on a limb, I found the ghost coon. As I started toward him, my dogs stopped bawling. I heard something I had heard many times. The sound was like the cry of a small baby. It was the cry of a ringtail coon when he knows it is the end of the trail. I never liked to hear this cry, but it was all in the game, the hunter and the hunted.

As I sat there on the limb, looking at the old fellow, he cried again. Something came over me. I didn't want to kill him.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann, Rubin Pritchard, Rainie Pritchard
Page Number: 161
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“Don't let him up, Rubin," Rainie said. "Beat the hell out of him, or hold him and let me do it."

Just then I heard growling, and a commotion off to one side. […] I heard Rainie yell, "Rubin, they're killing Old Blue."

Rubin jumped up off me.

I clambered up and looked over to the fight. What I saw thrilled me. Faithful Little Ann […] had gone to the assistance of Old Dan.

I knew my dogs were very close to each other. Everything they did was done as a combination, but I never expected this.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Rainie Pritchard (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann, Rubin Pritchard
Page Number: 164-165
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Chapter 15 Quotes

Both of them started eating at the same time.

With an astonished look on his face, Grandpa exclaimed, “Well, I'll be darned. I never saw anything like that. Why, I never saw a hound that wouldn't eat. Did you train them to do that?"

"No, Grandpa,” I said. "They've always been that way. They won't take anything away from each other, and everything they do, they do it as one."

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Billy’s Grandfather / Grandpa (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 194
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Chapter 16 Quotes

The judge said, "Well, have you ever seen that? Look over there!"

Old Dan was standing perfectly still, with eyes closed and head hanging down. Little Ann was licking at his cut and bleeding ears.

"She always does that," I said. "If you'll watch, when she gets done with him, he'll do the same for her."

We stood and watched until they had finished doctoring each other. Then, trotting side by side, they disappeared in the darkness.

Related Characters: The Judge (speaker), Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 222-223
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“Please go just a little further," I begged. "I just know we'll hear them."

Still no one spoke or made a move to go on.

Stepping over to my father, I buried my face in his old mackinaw coat. Sobbing, I pleaded with him not to turn back. He patted my head. “Billy," he said, “a man could freeze to death in this storm, and besides, your dogs will give up and come in."

"That's what has me worried," I cried. 'They won't come in. They won't, Papa. Little Ann might, but not Old Dan. He'd die before he'd leave a coon in a tree."

Page Number: 226
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I heard the judge say to my father, “This beats anything I have ever seen. Why, those dogs can read that boy's mind.” […]

Papa said, "Yes, I know what you mean. I've seen them do things that I couldn't understand. I'd never heard of hounds that ever had any affection for anyone, but these dogs are different. Did you know they won't hunt with anyone but him, not even me?"

Related Characters: The Judge (speaker), Billy’s Father / Papa (speaker), Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 236
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Chapter 18 Quotes

"What I can't understand is why they stayed with the tree," Mr. Benson said. […]

“Men,” said Mr. Kyle, "people have been trying to understand dogs ever since the beginning of time. […] You can read every day where a dog saved the life of a drowning child, or lay down his life for his master. Some people call this loyalty. I don't. I may be wrong, but I call it love… […] It's a shame that people all over the world can't have that kind of love in their hearts… […] There would be no wars, slaughter, or murder; no greed or selfishness. It would be the kind of world that God wants us to have.”

Related Characters: Mr. Benson and Mr. Kyle (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 242-243
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Chapter 19 Quotes

I went berserk, and charged into the fight.

There in the flinty hills of the Ozarks, I fought for the lives of my dogs. I fought with the only weapon I had, the sharp cutting blade of a double-bitted ax.

Screaming like a madman, with tears running down my face, I hacked and chopped at the big snarling mountain cat.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 255
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"l never saw anything like it. Little Ann wouldn't have fought the lion if it hadn't been for Old Dan. All she was doing was helping him. He wouldn't quit. He just stayed right in there till the end. I even had to pry his jaws loose from the lion's throat after the lion was dead."

Glancing at Old Dan, Papa said, “It's in his blood, Billy. He's a hunting hound, and the best one I ever saw. He only has two loves—you and hunting. That's all he knows."

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Billy’s Father / Papa (speaker), Billy’s Mother / Mama, Old Dan, Little Ann
Page Number: 263
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Chapter 20 Quotes

'Don't touch it, Mama," my oldest sister whispered. "It was planted by an angel."

Mama smiled and asked, "Have you heard the legend?"

'Yes, Mama," my sister said. “Grandma told me the story and I believe it, too."

With a serious look on his face, Papa said, "These hills are full of legends. Up until now I've never paid much attention to them, but now I don't know. Perhaps there is something to the legend of the red fern. Maybe this is God's way of helping Billy understand why his dogs died."

“I’m sure it is, Papa," I said, "and I do understand. I feel different now, and I don't hurt any more."

Related Characters: Billy’s Sisters (speaker), Billy’s Mother / Mama (speaker), Billy’s Father / Papa (speaker), Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann, Grandma
Related Symbols: The Red Fern
Page Number: 279
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I have never been back to the Ozarks. All I have left are my dreams and memories, but if God is willing, some day I'd like to go back-back to those beautiful hills. I'd like to walk again on trails I walked in my boyhood days.

[…] I'm sure the red fern has grown and has completely covered the two little mounds. I know it is still there, hiding its secret beneath those long, red leaves, but it wouldn't be hidden from me for part of my life is buried there, too.

Related Characters: Billy Colman (speaker), Old Dan, Little Ann
Related Symbols: The Red Fern
Page Number: 281
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Little Ann Character Timeline in Where the Red Fern Grows

The timeline below shows where the character Little Ann appears in Where the Red Fern Grows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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As Billy looks around, he sees two names, Dan and Ann, carved into a nearby sycamore tree, a heart drawn around them. Billy settles on “Old... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...realizes that another obstacle stands before him: in order to train Old Dan and Little Ann to hunt raccoons, he’ll first need a raccoon skin to help them learn the scent.... (full context)
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...The raccoon is hissing mad as Billy comes upon it struggling in the trap. Little Ann and Old Dan begin barking and whimpering at the raccoon. Billy releases their collars and... (full context)
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...he watches them go from “awkward” to beautiful. Old Dan’s eagerness is tempered by Little Ann’s wily smarts—together, the dogs learn how to follow the winding and sometimes difficult trails that... (full context)
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...end of the summer, Billy is exhausted from having worked with Old Dan and Little Ann each and every day. He calls the dogs over at the end of a training... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...stir. Billy heads out to the porch with his lantern, where Old Dan and Little Ann are already waiting excitedly. Mama and Papa marvel at how intuitive the dogs are.  (full context)
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...into the frosty, beautiful Ozark darkness with his dogs beside them. He talks to Little Ann and Old Dan, reminding them that tonight is the “real thing.” As excited as Billy... (full context)
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The raccoon plays many tricks on Dan and Ann as it leads them through the woods, crossing the river and darting this way and... (full context)
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...as Billy picks up his things and prepares to lead his dogs home, however, Little Ann begins bawling and running down the bank. Old Dan follows her. Billy realizes that his... (full context)
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...too tall to climb and too big to fell with his ax. He tells Little Ann and Old Dan that it’s time to give up and go find another raccoon—Dan and... (full context)
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...down with his meal. He finds a package of scraps for Old Dan and Little Ann tucked in with his own food. After the three of them eat, Billy resumes work... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...get away. Billy grabs his things and hurries back out to the woods with Little Ann close behind, determined to prove to Old Dan that he’s just as committed to catching... (full context)
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...Billy notices that there are two small beds made of leaves. He realizes that Little Ann must have come out here to sleep beside Old Dan, then returned to fetch Billy... (full context)
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...raccoon scrambles out of it. Billy sics Old Dan on the racoon, and Dan and Ann hurry after it. (full context)
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Billy watches as Old Dan and Little Ann trap and kill the racoon in a “savage and brutal” manner,  tearing his flesh amidst... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Night after night, Billy takes Old Dan and Little Ann out to hunt. He loves climbing through the wild forest and mountainous terrain, chasing his... (full context)
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Little Ann and Old Dan go everywhere with Billy except to Grandpa’s general store, where the old... (full context)
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...has noticed how much they love each other as well—Old Dan won’t hunt without Little Ann, and Little Ann is always protective of Old Dan on difficult hunts. The dogs help... (full context)
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...and difficult hunt against a whip-smart raccoon, Billy loses sight of Old Dan and Little Ann after they follow a raccoon into the river. Billy soon hears Little Ann barking, but... (full context)
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Another night, Little Ann and Old Dan tree a raccoon in a petrified tree. When Billy catches up with... (full context)
Chapter 11
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One night, Little Ann gets into a “predicament” while out hunting in a deep fall of fresh snow. Billy... (full context)
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...his tail tucked between his legs. Billy instantly knows that something is wrong with Little Ann. (full context)
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Billy realizes that Little Ann probably slipped into the icy water while trying to leap from one frozen section of... (full context)
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Billy is just about to give up and head for home, leaving Ann for dead. He prays for God to help him once more. Soon, he hears the... (full context)
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Once Billy has Ann back on land, he wraps her in his coat and he builds a fire. He... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...grows excited about the bet. He tells Billy how much he hopes that Dan and Ann will be able to catch the famous “ghost coon.” Even Billy is, in spite of... (full context)
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...blue tick hound with them. The Pritchard boys catch sight of Old Dan and Little Ann for the first time. They remark that the dogs “look too little to be any... (full context)
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Old Dan and Little Ann soon pick up on the scent of the fabled “ghost” raccoon and they start tracking... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...however, insists on climbing the tree. From up in its branches Billy can see Little Ann sniffing around an old fence post a few yards off. Because his dogs are scenting... (full context)
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A breeze rustles through the trees. Little Ann raises her head to sniff and she begins walking with purpose toward the tree. Watching... (full context)
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As soon as the raccoon hits the ground, Little Ann and Old Dan are on him. The raccoon puts up a good fight, eventually scrabbling... (full context)
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...starts beating Billy anyway. Rainie, however, calls out in distress that Old Dan and Little Ann are “killing Old Blue.” (full context)
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...Billy and seizes Billy’s ax. He roars that he will kill Old Dan and Little Ann before letting them kill his dog. As Rubin runs toward the dogfight, however, he trips... (full context)
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...the wall in his room and heads to the Pritchards’ place. Old Dan and Little Ann follow him dutifully through the hills. As Billy approaches the property, he can see that... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...to ask him about Rubin’s death. He heads nervously to the general store with Little Ann and Old Dan following behind. Sure enough, when Billy gets to Grandpa’s store, Grandpa asks... (full context)
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...to go to one all his life—he wants Billy to enter Old Dan and Little Ann in the hunt. Billy feels scared and excited all at once. Grandpa tells Billy that... (full context)
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Grandpa calls Little Ann and Old Dan into the shop and feeds them each a big hunk of cheese.... (full context)
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...along on the hunt. One of Billy’s little sisters declares that Old Dan and Little Ann will bring home the cup for sure. Billy begins to cry tears of happiness. He... (full context)
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...to leave for the hunt, Billy and Papa walk together with Old Dan and Little Ann to Grandpa’s general store, musing all the way about what skilled hunters—and what loving dogs—Dan... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...usual feed. Grandpa is astonished to see that Old Dan refuses to eat before Little Ann has had her share—he declares that he’s never seen dogs behave almost “as one” before.... (full context)
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...nervous. As soon as he returns to his own tent, however, and catches sight of Ann and Dan again, he feels doubt release its hold on his heart. He believes they... (full context)
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The next day, Billy enters Little Ann in a contest to determine the best-looking hound at the hunt. Billy oils her coat... (full context)
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...night. Billy laughs, knowing that his Grandpa has been telling tall tales about Dan and Ann(full context)
Chapter 16
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...from the picked-over territory near camp. As soon as the buggy pulls over, Dan and Ann leap from the back, howl, and start running through the woods in search of a... (full context)
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After a long chase, Billy at last hears Ann and Dan howl that the raccoon has been treed. Papa pulls out a gun—one that... (full context)
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...Grandpa, and the judge take off after the dogs. Soon, they come upon Dan and Ann in a field—they have lost the raccoon’s trail. Billy knows that if they don’t find... (full context)
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...swamp, where Billy believes there will be the best hunting. As Billy prepares to set Ann and Dan loose, he kneels down close to them and tells them that tonight is... (full context)
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As Grandpa, Billy, and Papa skin the raccoon, the judge points out a remarkable sight: Ann is licking at the cuts Dan sustained during a scrap with the raccoon in the... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...begins sleeting. Billy grows nervous, too—but his faith is restored when Old Dan and Little Ann pick up a scent. Papa, Grandpa, Billy, and the judge attempt to follow the dogs... (full context)
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...gun in hopes that the dogs will hear it and come running—after a while, Little Ann approaches, but Old Dan is nowhere to be found. Billy begs Ann to bring their... (full context)
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...Billy begins doubling back and calling for Grandpa, but his shouts are no use. Little Ann, sensing Billy’s distress, runs into the storm to search for Grandpa. Soon, her mournful cry... (full context)
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...tree down, and Billy is shocked when three raccoons scrabble out of it. Dan and Ann manage to chase down and kill two raccoons—but after a bloody brawl, one raccoon escapes. (full context)
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...mistake of pointing at where the third raccoon ran while illustrating the story. Dan and Ann immediately turn and run up the bank in the direction Billy has indicated. The judge... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...and Billy toward the hounds. As the group approaches the tree, Billy can see that Ann and Dan have been walking in circles around the tree all night. He begins crying... (full context)
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...thawed out, Papa shoots his gun to scare the raccoon from the tree. Dan and Ann dispatch the raccoon. Together, the group sets out for camp once again. Billy brings his... (full context)
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...his window to see that Mama has brought two large plates of food out to Ann and Dan’s doghouse. Billy watches as Mama sets the food down before the dogs, then... (full context)
Chapter 19
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After winning the cups, Billy continues taking Little Ann and Old Dan out hunting every night. About three weeks after returning home from the... (full context)
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...responds with a deep growl before launching from the tree and jumping upon Dan. Little Ann joins the brawl and she locks her jaws around the cat’s throat. A bloody, horrible... (full context)
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...continues chopping at the cat while the mountain lion rips and tears at Dan and Ann. Finally, Billy manages to strike a fatal blow and fell the mountain lion. The effort... (full context)
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...work on Old Dan’s terrible wounds, washing his entrails and sewing him back up. Little Ann is easier to tend to. As Billy works on Ann, he tells his parents about... (full context)
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...Around dawn, he hears a mournful cry. He goes out to the porch to see Ann curled around Dan’s lifeless body, whimpering and crying. Billy runs away from the house into... (full context)
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...he comes in from working in the field with Papa, Mama tells him that Little Ann has been refusing food all day and that she’s now disappeared. Billy calls and calls... (full context)
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Billy nurses Ann all night and all day, but when he goes out to work with Papa for... (full context)
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...Billy and his sisters can get an education. Papa says that because of Dan and Ann’s success at the competition, their prayers have been answered—they now have enough money to move. (full context)
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...box. He goes up to the hillside and he digs a second grave. Billy buries Ann right next to Dan—and he feels he has buried “a part of [his] life” alongside... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...the hills of his boyhood days. He imagines returning to the hillside where Dan and Ann are buried and looking again upon the glorious red fern, whose legend he still believes... (full context)