Round 3, Charlotte’s Web

“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.”
― Philip Pullman

Round 1Round 2, and now Round 3.

“I will not be going back to the barn,” she said.  Wilbur leapt to his feet. “Not going back?” he cried. “Charlotte, what are you talking about?”

“Why did you do all this for me?” he asked, “I don’t deserve it.  I’ve never done anything for you.”

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.  I wove me webs for you because I liked you.  After all, what’s a life, anyway?  We’re born, we live a little while, we die…By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle.  Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

“You have saved me, Charlotte, and I would gladly give my life for you–I really would.”

“Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond.  The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again…”

“…All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy, Wilbur–

“This lovely world, these precious days…”

[Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White]

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