Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, Chapter 12

Mr. Robert and Dad are discussing raccoon hunting and Mr. Robert's hunting dog, Toddy. He tells Dad "that dog won't hunt no more." He says "both of us go to the point where we just couldn't pull the trigger." Mr. Robert compares him to boxer Joe Louis, one of the greatest boxers of all time and a very famous African-American athlete. When he got older, Mr. Robert says he just waved his left fist like a threat but couldn't pull the trigger, or couldn't punch. Here's Joe Louis throwing that left fist.

Toddy was a "coon dog." His job would have been to "tree" a raccoon, or chase it so it climbed into a tree. Then the hunter is able to shoot the raccoon.

So Grandma Sands must have seen The Wizard of Oz about a million times because her laugh sounded just like the Wicked Witch of the West. Here's a classic scene from the movie, and that famous laugh is right at the end. 

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