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What is the moral of  "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse"?

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ayushiii | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:20 PM via web

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What is the moral of  "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse"?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 30, 2010 at 7:09 PM (Answer #1)

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The moral of the story might be that generosity can solve most disputes.  In the oddest of ways, the fact that John Byro does not exact revenge on the boys ends up working things out for everyone's benefit.  The boys return the horse, once they recognize that they did take something that does not belong to them.  This awareness was brought on by John Byro's generosity and compassion in speaking about the situation without a tone of accusation nor a demand of vengeance.  At the same time, the boys' training of the horse made it more receptive to people and benefits Byro in the long run.  In this light, one can see that taking a compassionate and generous approach to certain conflicts can bring its own resolution where everyone wins.

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