Chapter 12 Summary

Billy and his hounds have a celebrated reputation in the area near his home. They capture more raccoons than any other team of hunters. His grandfather proudly sells the hides at his store. He also takes pride in boasting about Billy’s hunting skills, at times even exaggerating his successes. Billy patiently tolerates his grandfather’s embellishment of his hunting adventures.

One day, Billy takes a bag of corn into town to have it ground into meal for his family. When he arrives at his grandfather’s store, his grandfather is too busy to grind the corn immediately. As Billy waits for his grandfather to serve his customers, he sees two young boys approach. Rubin and Rainie Pritchard are mean-spirited bullies. Rubin...

(The entire section is 520 words.)