This novel and the stories within take place on a ranch that is in the high mountains of Salinas, California in the early 1930's. The house of the Tiflin Family stands in the middle of the ranch with a bunkhouse, a chicken yard, and a large vegetable patch nearby. The house is surrounded by the brush line, where there is round green tub from which the animals can drink water.
The major characters in the Red Pony are Jody Tiflin, who is the main character. He undergoes many experiences in the novel that help him mature. Next is Carl Tiflin, Jody's father, who is very strict and practical and Billy Buck, the ranch cowhand, who understands Jody and answers all of his questions. There is also Mrs. Tiflin, Jody's mom, who is always busy in the kitchen but still is understanding. Gitano, an old man who was born on the ranch and who has returned to die and Jody's grandfather, Mrs. Tiflin's dad, who loves to tell stories of the old west.
The Red Pony is actually divided into four chapters. In the first chapter, Jody has been given a red pony by his father to teach him responsibility. Jody becomes very attached to the pony and very protective. One day the pony gets wet in the rain, becomes very sick and dies. Jody is crushed and blames Billy Buck. The death of the pony makes Jody believe that he should not really trust anyone completely. It also teaches him the pain of loss. The second... [continues]
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