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Literature / The Wainscott Weasel

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A children's book written by Tor Seidler and illustrated by Fred Marcellino. The lead character, Bagley Brown Jr., is a weasel whose father became a local hero after building a tunnel in the forests of Long Island, through which the other weasels could pass eggs for their food. The first scene is a dance where all of the other weasels are having fun. Wendy initially has her eyes on Bagley, but he instead becomes smitten with a striped bass named Bridget in a nearby pond, thus allowing the younger Zeke to fall in love with Wendy. After a while, Zeke and Wendy agree to marry. Bridget befriends Bagley, but convinces him that he and she are not meant to be.


After befriending a pond frog, Bagley discovers that the fish in the pond are threatened by the osprey. Risking his life, Bagley attempts to lower the osprey's nest from the top of a telephone pole —even though he had agreed to be the best weasel at Zeke's wedding. His attempts to free the nest end up with him collapsing from dehydration and missing the wedding. Eventually, the other weasels finish moving the nest, Zeke and Wendy get together with Bagley at their side. However, Bagley doesn't get his love, as the humans are cutting out the pond and thus sending Bridget out to sea.


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  • Bittersweet Ending: Zeke and Wendy get together at the end, Bagley and Bridget don't.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Bagley.
  • Interspecies Romance: Weasel/striped bass.
  • Love at First Sight: Both Zeke/Wendy and Bagley/Bridget.
  • Nice Hat: Zeke wears a backwards baseball cap.
  • Oh, Crap!: Paddy the frog makes this face after the other weasels pick him up and threaten to eat him.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Bagley's pursuit of Bridget and subsequent attempts to lower the nest vs. Zeke and Wendy's wedding.
  • Wicked Weasel: Averted; Bagley and the others are shown to be a polite, friendly society. However, this doesn't stop the other animals from believing this at first.


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