The puppy does all of the following things except —   a. bite the two men who menace the narrator b. eat all of Mami’s lilies c. knock things off the coffee table with his tail d....

The puppy does all of the following things except —
 
a.
bite the two men who menace the narrator
b.
eat all of Mami’s lilies
c.
knock things off the coffee table with his tail
d.
tear up the flower garden in a search for buried treasure

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

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The puppy does everything except bite the two men who menace the narrator.  The puppy does everything else because they are minor infractions.  While Mami treats them all as major transgressions, the puppy does all of these little items.  The dog eats the lilies, tears up the flower garden in search for treasure, and knocks things off the table with his tail.  It would have helped matters had Liberty bitten the two men who menace both the narrator and Liberty.  Instead, it one of the men "had seized Liberty by the collar and was pulling so hard on it that poor Liberty was almost standing on his hind legs."  In this condition, there was no way Liberty could have bitten the men who were there to intimidate and scare.  Indeed, the hopelessness and helplessness of the moment might have been mitigated had Liberty bitten and attacks the men.  Yet, Liberty did not.  It was in this light where the dog does all of the above except bite the two men who menace the narrator.  Liberty does not really do much of anything aggressive, even when she is kicked by the narrator.

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