What happens during the Christmas party? Why does Jody run away? He is most hurt by whom? What natural disaster takes place in September?  Please answer those few questions as I have read the...

What happens during the Christmas party? Why does Jody run away? He is most hurt by whom? What natural disaster takes place in September?

 

Please answer those few questions as I have read the book multiple times but have not been able to answer them. I am completely stuck on them and any answer is appreciated. Thanks. :)

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Here are your answers to your questions from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings novel, The Yearling.

CHRISTMAS PARTY.  A Christmas party is planned for the church in Volusia, but before the Baxters can leave, Slewfoot strikes again, eating their calf. While Ma Baxter heads on to Volusia, Penny and Jody take off after the bear; first failing to hunt him down, they finally kill the dreaded Slewfoot. On their way back, they meet up with the Forresters, who are already celebrating Christmas. They agree to help the Baxters carry Slewfoot for half the meat, and Penny agrees. The Foresters break up the church party later, using Slewfoot's skin in a surprising way.

JODY RUNS AWAY. Jody runs away after the death of Flag. After Flag has again eaten a portion of the Baxters' crops, Penny orders Jody to honor their agreement and shoot Flag. (They both know that the domesticated fawn will not survive in the wild.) Jody can't do it, so Ma takes over. Her aim is not sure, however, and she only wounds Flag. So Jody must finish Flag off himself.

JODY IS HURT.  In anger at his mother, Jody runs away and heads to the river. He is mostly angry at his mother for shooting Flag in the first place and for not finishing the deer off when she does shoot. Jody is also angry at his father since Penny had promised that Flag was his pet and could do with it as he wanted. Jody conveniently forgets their agreement that if Flag again harmed a crop, he would have to be destroyed.

NATURAL DISASTER.  A hurricane hit the Baxter farm, destroying much of their planted crops. In reality, a hurricane struck the cast of the movie version of The Yearling, shutting down production on the Marion County, Florida set for several weeks.

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The Yearling

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