Saunders’ most famous novel Beautiful Joe, tells the true story of dog that has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. It is told from the dog's point of view. When the book was published, both the book and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the...
Miss Laura: Miss Laura a tender hearted only daughter surrounded by many brothers. The era called for young ladies to be raised in a genteel ways. Laura is beloved by all her brothers, parents and the community at large. She often takes on the duties of smoothing her brothers rough edges as well as local hooligans she may come across in town. A memorable episode in the book involving Laura is one where she comes across local boys whose dogs are fighting. The boys are cheering them on. Much like My dad can whip your dad, the boys explain when Laura interjects that the fight came about because the boys had argued as to whose dog could best the others in a fight. Laura, appalled by the violence she is witnessing, keeps her cool and with quiet words persuades the boys to pull the dogs apart. She spends another few minutes with them and with quiet words convinces the boys of the cruelty involved when we encourage animals that love us to fight on our behalf. Laura explains to the boys, the dogs left to their own means would have settled the matter quickly, without all the injury. That they fought so fiercely and did such bodily damage to each other only because they felt prompted by the love of their masters. Laura explains to the boys that the dogs do not understand why their beloved young masters have grown so excited and defensive but sencing their masters defensive posture for all they know their master is in danger. The dogs fight to defend you and know not why, she says ; yet for the love of you they go on even if it means their own life to defend you. The boys cowed, and properly ashamed promise young miss Laura to take better care of their dogs and never fight them again. This event cannot be forgotten in writing a description of the character of the young Miss Laura. Because this genteel young lady raised in a pleasant and lovely family never was exposed to this behavior at home. Some young ladies would have shrank away from such a sight and cruelty, but for the love of animals as souls in God's creation young Laura cannot turn away. She sets her own safety and reputation aside to wade in among young ruffians and stop a dog fight. Besides Beautiful Joe, Laura is the next best enchanting character in this lovely book.
Joe: The narrator of the story, a simple and loving dog
1. Only a cur 2. The cruel milkman 3. My kind deliverer and Miss Laura 4. The Morris Boys add to my name 5. My new home and a selfish lady 6. The Fox Terrier Billy 7. Training a puppy 8. A ruined dog 9. The parrot Bella 10. Billy's training continued 11. Goldfish and canaries 12. Malta, the cat 13. The beginning of an adventure 14. How we caught the burglar 15. Our journey to Riverdale 16. Dingley Farm 17. Mr. Wood and his horses 18. Mrs.Woods poultry 19. A band of mercy 20. Stories about animals 21. Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Harry 22. What happened at the tea table 23. Trapping wild animals 24. The rabbit and the hen 25. A happy horse 26. The box of money 27. A neglected stable 28. The end of the cruel man 29. Our return home 30. Performing animals 31. A fire in Fairport 32. Billy and the Italian 33 .Dandy the tramp 34 .Black Jim 35.The end of my stoy
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