The character sketch of any good character in the story
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
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A delightful character, the pony named Merrylegs is, like most ponies, very clever. When the Vicar Blomefield's children visit along with their father, it is Merrylegs who is called upon to entertain them. Round and round they are all ride up and down the fields and all around the orchard. After a couple of hours, the boys think that they should ride Merrylegs and fashion whips out of large hazel sticks to make him go as fast as possible. However, little Merrylegs is too smart to allow them to abuse him. So, when they whip him, he simply rears up and they slide off his back.
When he is returned to the stable, his handler James scolds him, "There, you rogue, mind you behave yourself, or we shall get in trouble." So, when Beauty asks him what has happened, Merrylegs explains. The pony is yet another character who illustrates the intelligence of horses and how important it is to treat animals humanely.
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