“We took its mother, and it wasn’t to blame.”
     “Surely it seems ungrateful to leave it to starve. Son, I can’t say ‘No’ to you. I never thought I’d live to see another day.”
     “Can I ride back with Mill-wheel and see if I can find it?”
     “Tell your Ma I said you can go.”
     He sidled back to the table and sat down. His mother was pouring coffee for everyone.
Penny admitted to Jody that they killed the doe to save him, even though Penny couldn't be blamed at that demanding situation because he would have died if the doe's liver hadn't been used. Penny then told his son that leaving the fawn hungry could appear ungrateful because they killed his mother (though he was not to blame). Penny understood how important it was to get the fawn to their house.
Penny could never say 'no' to his son's fair request because he was alive due to the fawn's mother. Finally, Penny agreed to let Jody go on a search for the dead doe's fawn. Jody asked his father whether he might join Mill-wheel in the search for the fawn in the forest. His father agreed, and Jody was instructed to notify his mother that he had given him permission to visit the forest. Jody returned to his table, almost unnoticed by his mother, after conversing with Penny. Jody's mother was pouring coffee at the moment.
Meaning of difficult words:
Sidled To move towards somebody or something as if you do not want to be noticed
Ungrateful Not acknowledging or thanking someone for anything they have done for you
Remark Something you say or write to express your opinion
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). Honeydew. This is Jody's Fawn - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (pp. 86-93). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.