Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Chapter 25 Summary

Opal and the preacher walk back to Gloria’s house, and they hear music a block away. When they enter Gloria’s kitchen, they see Gloria and Miss Franny sitting around Otis, smiling and singing while he plays the guitar. Sweetie Pie is sitting in Gloria’s lap, and Amanda, Dunlap, and Stevie are sitting on the kitchen floor. All of them are singing and clapping and having a great time.

Opal is shocked that they are all so happy even though Winn-Dixie is missing. Opal shouts to everyone that she and the preacher were not able to find Winn-Dixie. Otis stops playing the guitar. Gloria looks at Opal and tells her that she already knows that Opal and the preacher did not find Winn-Dixie—he was right there in the kitchen all along. Gloria takes up her cane and pokes under her chair; she tells the dog to come out of hiding. Winn-Dixie snuffles under the chair. Gloria says Winn-Dixie is sleeping because he wore himself out being scared of the thunderstorm. Gloria pokes with her cane again, and Winn-Dixie comes out and yawns. Gertrude squawks, “Dog,” and Winn-Dixie smiles, wags his tail, and sneezes. Opal rushes past everyone, drops to the floor, and gives Winn-Dixie a big hug.

Opal asks Gloria how she found him, and Miss Franny says it is a long story. Gloria says that everyone was just sitting around waiting for Opal and the preacher to return. To pass the time, Gloria convinced the Dewberry boys that she is not a witch. Stevie confirms and looks disappointed that the myth is now over. Gloria says that when they were through with the “witchy” things, Miss Franny suggested they have some music while they wait. Otis played his guitar. Gloria says that Otis has a gift because he can play any song on his guitar just by listening to someone hum the tune. Gloria and Miss Franny brought up all the songs they knew as girls when...

(The entire section is 505 words.)