Bless the Beasts and Children Plot

Bless the Beasts and Children Plot

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  • "It was good to be unpenned and free in the vivid morning. But when they paused to drink from a pond the horsemen harried them on, waving hats and shouting," (Swarthout, chapter 1). This scene depicts Cotton's nightmare of being a buffalo that was being hunted .
  • ""Hold your water. Let's not go off half-cocked. Use your heads-how'd we get there? Ride?"..."Take a truck," Teft said quietly," (Swarthout, chapter 2). This scene depicts the Bedwetters' decision to go an the adventure to the buffalo pens after finding Lally 2 in the woods.
  • "They wrangled about what kind of car to bag...What they needed was a car nobody would notice, a nothing car," (Swarthout, chapter 5). This scene depicts when the Bedwetters leave their horses behind and begin to steal a car.
  • "She raised the rifle...and sighted on the bull. She fired. Dust exploded on the hillside and three animals exploded into a headlong run towards the main gate," (Swarthout, chapter 11). This scene depicts the flashback Cotton describes to the day before when the Bedwetters first witnessed buffalo hunting and were disturbed.
  • "Through the tingling gates of their fingertips their souls were liberated. For out on the range, in the last of the moon, leaping and kicking up heels as though at play, the buffalo ran free," (Swarthout, chapter 14). This scene depicts when the boys finally let the buffalo loose successfully. 
  • "They had a last glimpse of John Cotton's reed hair flaming like a torch as the truck seemed to soar and dive and disappear. And that was all, except for the remote but unmistakable concussion of metal...which cracked their hearts even as it freed them, too, forever," (Swarthout, chapter 20). This scene depicts Cotton's death as he crashed the car after he helped free the buffalo.
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