Charlotte’s Web Chapter 12 – A Meeting
A few days after the writing had appeared in Charlotte’s web, she calls a meeting for all the animals in the barn. She called the meeting to get new suggestions for a new message. “People are already getting sick of reading the words ‘Some Pig!’
A lamb suggests ‘Supreme Pig’ but that gets shot down. Then the goose suggests ‘Terrific’ which everyone thinks is a wonderful suggestion.
“But Charlotte,” said Wilbur. “I’m not terrific.”
“That doesn’t make a particle of difference,” replied Charlotte. “Not a particle. People believe almost anything they see in print.”
There is a discussion about how to spell “terrific” and the old sheep suggests that Templeton the rat who visits the dump can bring back bits of magazines with words they can use.
All agree that Templeton would never help out.
The old sheep begs to differ telling everyone that all he has to do is appeal to Templeton’s baser instincts.
When Templeton joins the group, the old sheep asks him to bring back magazine clippings for Charlotte to use in order to save Wilbur’s life.
“Let him die,” the rat declares.
It is only when the old sheep reminds Templeton that his destiny is tied with Wilbur’s in that if Wilbur dies, there will be no daily leftover food for Templeton that he changes his mind.
The meeting is adjourned so that Charlotte can get to work on creating “terrific” in her web.
But I’m not terrific, Charlotte, I’m just an average pig.”
“You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned,” replied Charlotte, sweetly, “and that’s what counts. You’re my best friend, and I think you’re sensational. Now story arguing and get some sleep.”
Chapter 12 Lessons Learned
Charlotte calls a barn meeting to get ideas.
Lesson Learned –. The more people who contribute, the more ideas from which you have to choose.
People believe almost anything they see in print.
Lesson Learned – Geesh – some things never change.
Templeton only agrees to get magazine clippings when he realizes what he will lose if Wilbur is killed.
Lesson Learned –If you want people to change their behavior then you need to point out what’s in it for them.
When Wilbur doubts that he is terrific. Charlotte comforts him by telling him that she thinks he is terrific and that’s what counts.
Lessons Learned: Never underestimate the power of a best friend.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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