Charlotte’s Web Chapter 22 A Warm Wind
Wilbur returns to the Zuckerman’s barn. In the days that followed, he was very happy and grew to a great size. His medal is hung on the side of his pen for all to see.
Winter comes to the barn. Wilbur plays in the snow and breathes on Charlotte’s egg sac in order to keep it warm.
True to his word, Templeton gets to eat from Wilbur’s feed trough first. He also grows to a great size. “You would live longer,” said the old sheep, “if you ate less.” Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 21 Last Day
Charlotte and Wilbur are alone in the fair stall. Charlotte is getting weaker and weaker. She explains to Wilbur that he will live to see the different seasons. He won’t be killed. He’ll be okay.
But she won’t.
Wilbur wonders why Charlotte did all of this effort for him when he hadn’t done anything for her.
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte.
Wilbur tells Charlotte that life will be wonderful when they all get back to the farm. That’s when Charlotte tells him that she won’t be returning. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 20 The Hour of Triumph
Wilbur is crated and taken over to the judges’ booth. The Zuckermans, Arables, and Lurvy move Wilbur from his crate into the judge’s booth. Mrs. Arable tells Avery to tuck his shirt in and to tighten his belt.
The judges tell of how Wilbur really is “some” pig. They acknowledge that there is something special about him and they appreciate what he has done to bring tourists to the area.
Charlotte listens from the stall, her front legs embracing her egg sac. She could hear everything and the words gave her courage. This was her hour of triumph, she knew she had saved Wilbur. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 19 The Egg Sac
Morning comes to the fair grounds. Wilbur looks up and sees the egg sac Charlotte had made in the dark.
“Is it a plaything?”
“Plaything? I should say not. It is my egg sac, my magnum opus.”
Wilbur learns that a magnum opus means “it is the finest thing you have ever done.”
Charlotte is weakened from making the sac and the web. She’s sad because she doesn’t think she will be alive when her 524 children hatch in the following spring.
Templeton returns to the pen with a bloated stomach, stuffed with the discarded fair food he had been eating all night.
“What a night!” Templeton stretches out in the hay and tells Wilbur and Charlotte that the large pig, Uncle, next door had been awarded the blue ribbon. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 18 The Cool of the Evening
Evening comes and everyone everything at the fair starts to wind down. Last rides are taken on the Ferris Wheel (Henry Fussy invites Fern and even pays for her ride.) After the fireworks, everyone returns to their cars and trucks, where youngsters are wrapped in blankets to sleep during the ride home.
In the darkness, Templeton feels bold and he leaves Wilbur’s pen to get food.
“Bring me back a word,” calls out Charlotte. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 17 Uncle
The Arables, Zuckermans, Lurvy, Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton arrive at the fair. The first thing Fern and Avery do is ask for money so they can buy things and go on rides.
Each child is given 70 cents by their father. “And remember, the money has to last all day. Don’t spend it all the first few minutes.”
The adults are reluctantly okay with the kids going off by themselves, but before they leave Fern and Avery are peppered with cautions from everyone. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 16 – Off To The Fair
The next day is the higly anticipated Fair. Everyone goes to sleep with lovely dreams of the fun they will have.
In the morning, Mrs. Zuckerman gives Wilbur a buttermilk bath. Not only did he feel radiant but the bath also made him look radiant.
Templeton the rat, at first adamant about not going to the Fair is talked into going when he hears about all the wonderful bits of discarded food he could feast upon. He hides under the straw in a corner of the crate. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 15 – The Crickets
Summer passes and the crickets begin their song warning others of the seasonal change. School will start, days will get longer, food will need to be collected and stored. Winter is coming.
Wilbur, still the center of attention had grown big and fat. As far as everyone was concerned he certainly retained the titles of SOME PIG, TERRIFIC, and RADIANT.
Zuckerman tells Lurvy to make a crate so they can take the pig to the local County Fair.
“You’re going with me, aren’t you Charlotte?” Wilbur asks his friend. Even though she is versatile and even though she *could* accompany Wilbur to the Fair, Charlotte makes the decision to stay in the barn to make an egg sac. It was her time to do that. Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 14 – Dr. Dorian
Fern’s mother is upset that Fern spends so much time in the barn with the animals and not with her friends.
When Fern tells her about Charlotte’s relatives making a web that caught a fish and a web that acted like a balloon, Mrs. Arable doubts the story even though she admits that she’d also like to float away. Still, she thinks it not’s normal for Fern to spend so much time with animals so she decides to talk to Dr. Dorian, the family doctor about the situation.
Mrs. Arable tells Dr. Dorian that she’s worried about Fern spending time at the barn.
“How enchanting” he replies. “It must be real nice and quiet down there.” Continue reading
Charlotte’s Web Chapter 13 – Good Progress
Charlotte spends the next night on her new creation, a web that spells out “Terrific.” She decides to use her thick dry web strands instead of her sticky ones to form the letters so that bugs wouldn’t get caught in the message. The little spider gets so absorbed in her work that she talks out loud all night as she spins her web.
Lurvy discovers the web the next morning. He tells Mr. Zuckerman who tells Mrs, Zuckerman who calls the Arables to tell them the miraculous news.
They all gather at Wilbur’s stall to look at the web in front of Wilbur who certainly felt terrific and puffed out his chest. Continue reading