Did you expect anyone from the Forrester family to help the Baxters? 

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The Forrester clan of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling , are an interesting bunch to say the least. They are the nearest neighbors to the Baxters, but they don't always act in a neighborly manner. Luckily, Jody's friendship with Fodder-Wing seems to bridge the gap between the peaceful...

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The Forrester clan of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling, are an interesting bunch to say the least. They are the nearest neighbors to the Baxters, but they don't always act in a neighborly manner. Luckily, Jody's friendship with Fodder-Wing seems to bridge the gap between the peaceful Penny Baxter and the rambunctious Forresters. They all seem friendly enough before Penny trades his dog to Lem, but afterward they seem bent on revenge for the unfair trade. They steal Penny's pigs and fight with him in Volusia. But when Jody arrives to ask for help after Penny is bitten by the rattler, the other members of the Forresters react to the grave situation by helping out--as good neighbors should. Was it expected? Perhaps not, but the other members of the family didn't feel as personally deceived as Lem, so they helped out Penny, who they knew to be a good man--despite his sly trading skills.

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