Wilbur walked into his yard just at that moment.
“What are you thinking about, Charlotte?” he asked.
“I was just thinking,” said the spider, “that people are very gullible.”
“What does ‘gullible’ mean?”
“Easy to fool,” said Charlotte.
“That’s a mercy,” replied Wilbur, and he lay down in the shade of his
fence and went fast asleep. The spider, however, stayed wide awake,
gazing affectionately at him and making plans for his future. Summer was
half gone. She knew she didn’t have much time.
That morning, just as Wilbur fell asleep, Avery Arable wandered into
the Zuckerman’s front yard, followed by Fern. Avery carried a live frog
in his hand. Fern had a crown of daisies in her hair. The children ran
for the kitchen.