The ending of “Sredni Vashtar” is powerful in many ways. First, it is a very cathartic ending, where the reader can finally feel some vicarious relief through the eyes of the main character, 10 year-old Conradin.
Conradin is a child who leads a terrible existence. Terminally ill, unloved, and badly treated by his guardian, Conradin’s daily emotions shift, from hatred toward Mrs. De Ropp, to an intense fascination with the things that he conjures up in his imagination.
One of his most powerful ideas is about a ferret that he names Sredni Vashtar and that lives in a "disused toolshed" in a "dismal" forgotten corner of the "cheerless" garden overlooked by the "many windows" of his house. One day, out of "Heavens knows what material," the ferret becomes Conradin's god to whom he offers prayers and festival gifts of nutmeg.
After Mrs. De Ropp has the Houdan hen sold as a result of her noticing how much time Conradin spent in the toolshed, his prayers to the ferret-god change from giving...
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