What are the months covered during Watership Down?
Watership Down is the epic tale of Hazel and his group of rabbits that have left their comfortable warren in search of a new place to call home. While it seems like a lifetime for the rabbits, the whole journey takes place from May to October.
It is May when Hazel and his group decide to leave their home. The first line of paragraph two in chapter one reads: "The May sunset was red in clouds..." Hazel felt the urgency to leave due to his friend Fiver's premonition of death being brought to the warren.
Hazel leads his band of rabbits through the countryside throughout the summer until they find their new home on Watership Down. However, their plight is not over when they settle into their new surroundings. They are a group of male rabbits and must add females in order for their warren to flourish.
After pilfering females from a neighboring warren, which resulted in a grand battle on Watership Down, Hazel and his group are finally settled in the fall. The fist line of chapter 50 reads: "It was a fine, clear evening in mid-October..." They have recovered from their adventures and delivered their first round of litters. The epilogue takes the reader years down the line to learn that the Watership Down warren has grown and thrives.
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