"The Red Pony": Book Report.

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Plot Summary:The story begins with a description of Billy Buck, the ranch-hand on the Tiflin ranch in northern California, and a typical routine. Soon after Billy Buck is introduced into the story, Mr. Carl Tiflin And Mrs. Ruth Tiflin and the main character Jody are introduced into the story at breakfast. Carl and Billy Buck set off to Salinas to take six cows to the butcher and return later with a little red pony for Jody, which he calls Gabilan after the Gabilan Mountains which enchant Jody so much. Gabilan is a green horse though, so Jody trains him. One day, Gabilan is left out in the rain while Jody is at school and gets sick with Strangles. Billy Buck tries to take care of Gabilan and at one point is forced to cut a hole in the horses neck for breathing. One night while Jody has fallen asleep while watching the horse, Gabilan runs away and when Jody wakes up he runs out to find buzzards eating at it. Jody gets angry and kills a buzzard in his sorrow.In the next chapter, it is midsummer and Jody becomes fascinated by the mountains. An old paisano man named Gitano comes to the ranch and says that he has come home to die in the place where he was born. Jody asks Gitano about the mountains and shows Gitano the old mare Easter. Gitano has dinner with the Tiflin family but Carl tells Gitano that he can only stay overnight. The next day Gitano is gone and the neighbor, Jeff Taylor, reports having seen Gitano riding Easter.In the third chapter, it is March. Jody catches various creatures while walking home from school, in spite of his mother's disdain. Carl agrees to let Jody have another horse if Jody accepts full responsibility for it, so Jody accepts the terms and takes Nellie, the mare, to the Taylor's ranch to be bred with the stallion Sundog. Nellie slowly swells with pregnancy and Jody worries about the birth, for fear that he will lose this pony like the last. Jody fantasizes about his future with him new horse who he names in his daydreams "Black Demon". Nellie reaches her time to give birth to the foal but something goes wrong and Billy Buck is forced to kill Nellie in order to get the colt.In the last chapter, Jody's grandfather, Ruth's father, sends a letter that tells of his arrival on the very day that the letter was received. Jody goes to the top of the hill where he meets his grandfather to walk him down to the ranch house. Grandfather soon tells the stories of his journey across the country when he lead a wagon train to California. This annoys Carl and, when Carl voices this to the rest of his family, Grandfather overhears this. Carl apologizes but Grandfather says that he was right and that he will only tell his stories again when asked to tell them. The story ends with a show of Jody's growing-up when he goes to make his...

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