Winnie-the-Pooh | Study Guide

A.A. Milne

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Winnie-the-Pooh | Chapter 3 : In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle | Summary



Piglet lives in the middle of a beech tree in the middle of the forest. Next to his tree is a broken sign reading "Trespassers W." Piglet says his grandfather was called Trespassers W, short for Trespassers Will, and short for Trespassers William. His grandfather had two names in case he lost one: Trespassers after an uncle and William after Trespassers. One day Piglet sees Winnie-the-Pooh walking around in a circle in the snow. Pooh says he is tracking something. The animals see paw prints in the snow. As they continue to circle, they notice more prints. Their hunt becomes more nerve-wracking as the number of strange, potentially hostile animals, increases. Pooh and Piglet are convinced they are hunting more than one Woozle, or perhaps a Woozle and Wizzle. Piglet wishes his grandfather or Christopher Robin were there. Piglet suddenly remembers something he has to do and is about to leave when Christopher Robin, who was watching them, appears. Piglet runs off, knowing Pooh will be safe with Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin asks Pooh why he has walked round and round, and Pooh realizes the paws he is tracking are his own. "I have been Foolish and Deluded ... and I am Bear of No Brain at All." And he goes home to have lunch.


Milne turns adult speech on its head in this story: "Trespassers after an uncle, and William after Trespassers." In one sentence he describes a naming convention as an adult might and then re-creates it as a child might. Milne does the same thing pages later: "... that's just what I ask myself. I ask myself what." "What do you think you'll answer?" Piglet is concrete; if Winnie-the-Pooh asks himself a question, he must answer it.

After admitting he is both Foolish and Deluded, Pooh brightens at the idea of lunch. Food has the ability to cheer, comfort, and sustain Winnie-the-Pooh, and his love for ritual is enhanced by the ritual, including honey.

Milne describes human character traits of both anxiety and friendship in his characterization of Piglet. Up for adventure, Piglet joins Pooh in his hunt, not realizing the bear is going in circles, and thus of no larger brain than Pooh. When Piglet thinks danger could be imminent, he is ready to leave, fearful and anxious as he usually shows himself to be. However, he does not leave until he believes that Pooh will be safe with Christopher Robin, thus showing himself to put concerned friendship above his own comfort.

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