"It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree."
"Finally one day, after many weeks of practicing, he stood alone for a few seconds."
"At that moment the bird began to flutter, but the wings were uncoordinated, and amid much flapping and a spray of flying feathers, it tumbled down, bumping through the limbs of the bleeding tree and landing at our feet with a thud."
The Story takes place in late summer, in the early 1900's, in the South, and on a cotton farm. The main characters are the narrator, his brother Doodle, and their parents.
"Finally I went back and found him huddled beneath a red night shade bush beside the road. Limply, he fell backwards onto the earth. He had been bleeding from the mouth... I began to weep, and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar."
The narrator teaches Doodle to walk because he is embarrassed to have a 5 year old brother who can't walk. The protagonist the narrator and the antagonist is is pride.
"For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain."
Doodle spots the red ibis. The family goes out to watch and the bird falls to the ground at dies at their feet.
"The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened."
The narrator and doodle get caught in a storm. The narrator is so mad that he didn't teach doodle to do all these things that he runs off without Doodle. When he stops and waits for Doodle, he never comes. The narrator goes back to look for him but finds him dead.
The narrator weeps over Doodle's body.
Pride overcomes the narrator and causes his brother's death.