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BC: Shane M. Liddick "A Day No Pigs Would Die" Mrs. Barcavage Period 1 10/29/2010

FC: A Day No Pigs Would Die | Robert Newton Peck

1: "...A painful noise made me whip my head around and jump at the same time...It was the big Holstein cow, one of many, that belonged to our, Mr. Tanner...This one he called Apron...As I ran toward her, she made her dreadful noise again. I got close and saw why. Her big body was pumping up and down, trying to haver her calf..."

2: "...I wasn't really looking at our neighbor as I spoke. What caught my eye was the finest pair of bull calves you could ever try to see. They were blacker than Apron...Bob and Bib said Mr. Tanner and the Bob of it is after you Robert." | Bob | Bib

3: "...Robert, I thank you again. Here's a pig for your trouble...You mean this pig is going to be mine?...We thank you brother Tanner but it's not the Shaker way to take frills for being neighborly...I felt sick Papa wasn't going to let me keep the pig...In that case I owe you for your birthday...At that she was mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine...I named her Pinky..."

4: "...Rob that there crib would make a good house for your pig. 'Cept it's might too close to the cow barn...Close? It's touching it, butt on...Lucky it's on skids, we can drag her..."

5: "...We're not rich Papa. Were...Yes we are boy. We have one another to fend to, and this land to tend. And one day we'll own it all, so that it wets the eye and hastens the heart. We hear all the music that's in the wind, so much music that it itches my foot to start tapping. Just like a fiddle..."

6: REPORT CARD | GEOGRAPHY:................................A SPELLING:......................................A READING:.....................................A ARITHMATIC:.............................A HISTORY:........................................A ENGLISH:........................................D | "Like a fool, I pulled out my report card. I showed it to Mama and Aunt Carrie. They couldn't read hardly at all, but they knew what an A looked like. I'd got an A in geography, spelling, reading, arithmetic, and history. The only other mark I got was a D in English, which I didn't bother to point out. So when Mama and Aunt Carrie saw all them A's they said I was a good boy..."

7: "..."Pinky," I said, "you get took good care of. You got shelter and shade, and your crib is well drained. There's always dry straw for you to sleep on, and the sump hole by the brook for mud to roll in. I even wet down the yard for you so the dust don't creep in your nose..."

8: "...There I be. Me, at the Rutland Fair, marching around a big sawdust ring with all the people clapping their hands and pointing at Bob and Bib. It made my heart pound so hard I felt it was going to pump out right there in that ring. I was wishing that Mama and Papa and Aunt Carrie could see. Pinky, too. It was sinful but i wanted the whole town of Learning to see me just this once..."

9: "...The judges were coming my way...All the noise of Rutland Fair, and all the music and dust of the place just seemed to float off in a big whirly dream...One of my eyes was shut. But the one that was part open got a quick look-see at a judge putting something on Pinky. Something Blue..."

10: Mr. Tanner brought Samson to our place to try and breed Pinky. Twice we tried, but Pinky was barren. Later in the winter, after Papa couldn't get a deer, we had to slaughter Pinky so we had food for all winter. The only thing I could ever call mine was gone.

11: "...Papa lived through the winter. He died in his sleep out in the barn on the third of May. He was always up before I was. And when I went out to the barn that morning, all was still. He was lying on the straw bed that he rigged for himself, and I knew before I got to him that he was dead. "Papa." I said his name just once. "It's all right. You cna sleep this morning. No cause to rouse yourself. I'll do the chores. There's no need to work anymore. You just rest..."

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