Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Chapter 17 Summary

Miss Franny continues with her story: When Littmus came home from the war, he sat on the remains of his front porch and felt so alone he cried like a little baby. He missed his family, and the war left him feeling bitter. All of a sudden, Littmus got the idea that he would like to have something sweet, like a piece of candy. He thought that the world should have something sweet in it to combat all the ugly things. So Littmus set his mind to it and walked all the way to Florida, planning his next venture. When he got to Florida, he built a candy factory on Fairville Road. Littmus’s company was famous for the Littmus Lozenge, and its success led to the family’s fortune.

Opal and Amanda admit they have never heard of the Littmus Lozenge, and Miss Franny tells them that the candy has not been made in a long time. Then she pulls open the drawers to her desk, and the girls see that Miss Franny’s entire desk is full of candy. She offers the girls each a Littmus Lozenge, and Winn-Dixie has one too. The dog swallows his candy whole and wags his tail; the girls suck on their candies and think about the taste. Opal can make out the taste of...

(The entire section is 429 words.)