Chapter By Chapter: The Black Stallion's Ghost ch. 3
Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
In our last installment we saw our heroes on vacation and Black having about as much luck with the ladies as I do. In other words, none. So they went for a walk and Alec sensed evil in the Everglades. Will we learn what that evil is today?
Chapter 3: The Hammocks
Or will Alec just take a nap?
My mistake. "Hammocks" in this case refers to "a fertile area in the southern United States and especially Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil", according to Merriam-Webster online. Alec and the Black are continuing going through the Everglades. Farley tried to romanticize the swamp and there's a brief environmental moment but the place doesn't sound all that great to me. Especially one scene where they come upon the remains of a vulture's meal.
On one rather large hammock Alec sees evidence of a horse and rider and decides to investigate. It's the way we're told about Alec's motivation that makes him look bad. He's acting like this other horse (obviously female by Black's response) and rider shouldn't be here. Well then why should they? Maybe they're from the nearby Seminole village that gets mentioned a few times, or a local. I don't have a problem with Alec being curious about who else is here, but they may have more right to be here than he and the Black does.
This is still a well=told story, with the only bit of age showing being that the Seminoles are referred to as "Indian" instead of the more current "Native American". I wonder if this was changed in later reprints? At any rate, any problems I have with this is more preference for story types than anything else. Farley establishes mood and we know our heroes may be about to confront the bad guy.
Next Time: The Captain