Piglet is a Very Small Animal, but he can show a bravery that belies his size.
"What?" said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn't been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice more in an exercising sort of way.
"I think," said Piglet, when he had licked the tip of his nose too, and found that it brought very little comfort, "I think that I have just remembered something. I have just remembered something that I forgot to do yesterday and shan't be able to do tomorrow. So I suppose I really ought to go back and do it now."
Where should they dig the Very Deep Pit?
- Piglet said that the best place would be somewhere where a Heffalump
was, just before he fell into it, only about a foot further on.
"Help, help," cried Piglet, "a Heffalump, a Horrible Heffalump!" and he scampered off as hard as he could, still crying out, "Help, help, a Herrible Hoffalump! Hoff, hoff, a Hellible Horralump! Holl, holl, a Hoffable Hellerump!"
- Piglet lay there, wondering what had happened. At first he thought that the whole world had blown up; and then he thought that perhaps only the forest part of it had; and then he thought that perhaps only he had, and he was now alone in the moon or somewhere, and he would never see Christopher Robin or Pooh or Eeyore again. And then he thought, "Well, even if I'm in the moon, I needn't be face downwards all the time," so he got cautiously up and looked about him.
"Piglet", said Rabbit, taking out a pencil, and licking the end of it, "you haven't any pluck."
- "It is hard to be brave," said Piglet, sniffling slightly, "when you're
only a Very Small Animal."
Christopher Robin shook his head again. "Oh, you're not Piglet," he said. "I know Piglet well, and he's quite a different colour."
- Piglet began to say that this was because he had just had a bath, and
then he thought that perhaps he wouldn't say that.
"It's a little Anxious," he said to himself, "to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water. Christopher Robin and Pooh could escape by Climbing Trees, and Kanga could escape by Jumping, and Rabbit could escape by Burrowing, and Owl could escape by Flying, and Eeyore could escape by - by Making a Loud Noise Until Rescued, and here am I, surrounded by water and I can't do anything."
- "And I know it seems easy," said Piglet to himself, "but it isn't everyone who could do it."
- "Pooh!" squeaked the voice.
- "It's Piglet!" cried Pooh eagerly. "Where are you?"
- "Underneath," said Piglet in an underneath sort of way.
- "Underneath what?"
- "You," squeaked Piglet. "Get up!"
- "This is Terrible," thought Piglet. "First he talks in Pooh's voice, and then he talks in Christopher Robin's voice, and he's doing it so as to Unsettle me." And being now Completely Unsettled, he said very quickly and squeakily: "This is a trap for Poohs, and I'm waiting to fall into it, ho-ho, what's all this, and then I say ho-ho again."
- "What?" said Christopher Robin.
- "A trap for ho-ho's," said Piglet huskily. "I've just made it, and I'm waiting for the ho-ho to come-come."
- How long Piglet would have gone on like this I don't know...
- Pooh said, "Let's go and see Kanga and Roo and Tigger," and Piglet said, "Y-yes. L-let's" - because he was still a little anxious about Tigger, who was a very Bouncy Animal, with a way of saying How-do-you-do which always left your ears full of sand, even after Kanga had said, "Gently, Tigger dear," and had helped you up again.
- "You bounced me," said Eeyore gruffly.
- "I didn't really. I had a cough, and I happened to be behind Eeyore, and I said 'Grrr-oppp-ptschschschz'."
- "Why?" said Rabbit, helping Piglet up, and dusting him. "It's all right, Piglet."
- "It took me by surprise," said Piglet nervously.
- Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
- "Pooh!" he whispered.
- "Yes, Piglet?"
- "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
- "Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
- "Supposing it didn't," said Pooh after careful thought.
- Piglet was comforted by this.
- "And there Piglet is," said Owl. "If the string doesn't break."
- "Supposing it does?" asked Piglet, really wanting to know.
- "Then we try another piece of string."
- This was not very comforting to Piglet, because however many pieces of string they tried pulling up with, it would always be the same him coming down; but still, it did seem the only thing to do.
- So with one last look back in his mind to all the happy hours he had spent in the Forest not being pulled up to the ceiling by a piece of string, Piglet nodded bravely at Pooh and said that is was a Very Clever pup-pup-pup Clever pup-pup Plan.
- And then Piglet did a Noble Thing...
- "Yes, it's just the house for Owl," he said grandly. "And I hope he'll be very happy in it." And then he gulped twice, because he had been very happy in it himself.
- Before Piglet could think, Pooh answered for him.
- "He'd come and live with me," said Pooh, "wouldn't you, Piglet?"
- Piglet squeezed his paw.
- "Thank you, Pooh," he said, "I should love to."