S: Emily Diehl's Independent Reading Project
BC: At first, I was sold to Emilie's grandfather after the war had ended but once he saw that Albert was indeed my master, he agreed to give me to him, saying that it is what Emilie would have wanted. | "Both of us were received like conquering heroes, but we both knew that the real heroes had not come home, that they were lying out in France alongside Captain Nicholls, Topthorn, Friedrich, David, and little Emilie." pg 164
FC: My Journey
1: At 6 months, I was taken to a horse market and sold to a drunken farmer without my mother
2: My only master, Albert
4: Zoey acted as my mother as my first few months on the farm were hard for me... | With help from Zoey and Albert, I learned to plow the field
6: Captain Nicholls Bought me from Albert's Father. Promised Albert to take good care of me, which he did.
8: My companion throughout the war, Topthorn
9: "I galvanized myself into a gallop to keep up with Topthorn, and as I did so the first terrible shells fell among us and the machine guns opened up." pg 59
11: After Captain Nicholls died, my next rider was Trooper Warren. He rode like a sack of potatoes but had a heart of gold. We rode into battle together. Topthorn and I were the only two horses to make it out alive. Trooper Warren, Topthorn and I were taken as prisoners of war. Topthorn and I were used to pull an ambulance.
13: My happiest days abroad were spent with a bright and cheerful French girl, Emilie.
14: Germans had a great appreciation for their horses. When we were first captured a man named Herr Hauptmann gave this speech to the German soldiers, "There are hundreds like these dead out on our wire. I tell you, if we had had one jot of the courage of these animals, we would be in Paris by now and not slugging it out here in the mud... They are not circus animals, they are heroes-do you understand, heroes- and they should be treated as such." pg 64
15: One of the men who took care of Topthorn and I was Butcher Friedrich. "Crazy Old Friedrich was the old soldier they set to work on tasks no one else wanted to do because he was always obliging and everyone knew it." pg 95-96
17: The death of Topthorn was the worst day of my life. Worse than being sold away from my mother, worse than being split from Albert. | We had been pulling field artillery. Our team consisted of six horses. Topthorn and a horse named Heinie had been our leading pair and I was paired with a horse named Coco. Behind me were a perfectly matched pair of ponies.
18: In no-man's land...
19: "Well, that's the face of my Kaiser looking up at me out of the mud, and he does not look pleased with me. So I am afraid you have won. The horse is yours." pg 118