Jim and Antonia went to Russian Peters house to see if they could borrow a shovel. When they got there, Russian Peter was tending to his potatoes.
Antonia suggested that they stop at the prairie dog town to see whether they ran straight down, or were horizontal, like mole-holes; whether they had underground connections; whether the owls had nests down there, lined with feathers.
When they got to the prairie dog town, they started digging to see whether these things were true.
¨Everyones gonna be so astonished¨
While they were digging, a 5 foot rattlesnake came out of nowhere.
Jim lifted up the shovel and hit the snake and killed it.
After he killed the snake, Jim tied it on a string and him and Antonia headed home. On the way back, Antonia was saying how astonished everyone will be.