Chapter 20 Summary

In the spring after Billy’s hounds died, his family prepares to move to town. His entire family is excited, but his mother is excited more than the others are. Billy’s father is more animated than he has ever been. Once everything is packed and loaded, Billy asks his father if he can visit his dogs’ graves once more before he leaves. His father consents.

When Billy reaches the gravesite, he is astounded to find a beautifully luxuriant red fern growing between the two graves. He remembers an Indian legend he had heard as a child. The story concerns the disappearance of two small children. According to the legend, the children died in a blizzard. Their bodies were discovered during the spring thaw with a beautiful...

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