The Scarlet Ibis

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  • Even if he does live, he might not be all there.
  • William Armstrong is born mentally and physically disabled and is not expected to live, resulting in the construction of his baby coffin.
  • Now nicknamed Doodle, daddy builds him a go cart because he can't walk. Brother is forced to pull Doodle everywhere he goes.
  • He is such a burden!
  • I can't walk, Brother.
  • Doodle is five years old and still can not walk which embarrasses Brother. While they are at Old Woman Swamp, he tells Doodle that he will teach him how to walk.
  • Yes you can, Doodle. All you got to do is try. Now, come on!
  • Now that Doodle can walk, Brother is determined to teach him how to swim, run, and fight like a normal boy before the start of school.
  • Sadly, Doodle looks at the bird. A scarlet ibis! How many miles it had traveled to die like this, in his yard beneath the bleeding tree.
  • I'm going to bury him.
  • Brother finds Doodle dead under a bush bleeding from his mouth and neck. Brother cries over his fallen scarlet ibis.
  • DOODLE! DOODLE!
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