by Mary Norton
illustrated by Diana Stanley
And so, it is the end of the story.
Kate is upset because this can’t be the
end. “Something more must have
happened.” Mrs. May explained that a
more happened. Kate doesn’t
and asked Mrs. May why she said it was the end.
Because, she explained, “he never saw them again.” She went on to say that “stories never
end. They can go on and on and on. It’s just that sometimes, at a certain
one stops telling them.” Kate said,
at this point,” and that Mrs. May didn’t mean it when she
said her brother
never saw them again. But that is just
what happened. There was a boat headed
Every day when Mrs. Driver would bring his meals, she would bring furniture and items from the Borrowers’ home and make the boy put everything back in the dollhouse. She would torment him with stories of what was going on. It seems the town rat-catcher didn’t come, although they got a local fellow for the job. The policeman came but he turned out to be someone Mrs. Driver used to chase for stealing russet apples near the gate. He gave Mrs. Driver strange looks as she was telling the story and so that investigation didn’t really go anywhere. A cat was used, but the cat only had two things on its mind – to get out of the house or into the larder.
Finally, it was time for the boy to leave. Mrs. Driver took him in to say goodbye to
Aunt Sophy. He had a strange look on his
face and Aunt Sophy mocked him and asked “Seasick already?” He explained that it was just the smell that
bothered him. Mrs. Driver said it was
the rat-catcher down in the kitchen. Aunt
Sophy laughed when she heard they were smoking the Borrowers out and
if Mrs. Driver doesn’t like them, she should keep the
Mrs. Driver decides to torment the boy one more time before they leave and takes him to the kitchen to see the Borrowers caught. He refuses to go. He notices that Pod’s clock entrance hole has been discovered and sealed up. The rat-catcher will seal up all the exits and smoke them out. Mrs. Driver dragged him into the kitchen. Crampfurl was holding back the rat-catcher’s terriers which were yelping and barking. The policeman was there, “out of interest” and said “Seeing’s believing!” A boy from the village was there with a ferret. The rat-catcher is in the process of smoking the Borrowers out. While everyone was busy, the boy backed up and got hold of the rat-catcher’s pick-ax. He ran to the clock in the hall and aimed at blow at the covered hole. However, he could not break through. He tried several times but to no avail. He saw the cab coming toward the house but when he heard the rat-catcher say “ventilation”, he knew what he had to do. He raced around the side of the house and struck a blow at the grating in the Borrowers’ apartment and a couple more blows broke it apart. This would give them some breathing air. He had no time to waste and tossed the pick-ax up into the long grass by the cherry tree and ran toward the cab.
This is a rather sad chapter. No happy ending here. The Borrowers have been discovered and their home is destroyed. The boy has to leave without seeing the Borrowers again and knowing they are safe.
Mrs. Driver enjoys
taunting the boy when she delivers his meals.
She brings dollhouse furniture from the Borrowers’
apartment and makes
him put the furniture back in the dollhouse.
Even Aunt Sophy is mean and mocks him about being seasick as he
getting ready to leave her home and return to
It would have been
interesting if somehow Pod, Homily and Arrietty had snuck into the
traveling bags and wound up in
I so agree. I
was hoping the three got into the boy’s bag
and went to
I know. I guess it's like Mrs. May says, the story goes on and on but we are not involved in it any more. Sort of like those movies that end with a question and one doesn't know exactly what will happen next and has to work out their own ending.
I enjoyed this book so much that I read all the others too. All were as good as this one.
I read all five books too. I liked this one the best.