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By Jean M. Auel

This unforgettable odyssey into the far-off prior consists of us again to the outstanding mysteries of the unique, primeval global of The extended family of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown right into a attractive and brave younger lady.

Cruelly forged out via the recent chief of the traditional extended family that followed her as a baby, Ayla leaves these she loves in the back of and travels on my own via a stark, open land full of harmful animals yet few humans, trying to find the Others, tall and reasonable like herself. the quick summer season offers her little time to appear, and while she unearths a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she makes a decision to stick and get ready for the lengthy glacial iciness forward. residing with the extended family has taught Ayla many abilities yet now not genuine looking. She ultimately is familiar with she will live to tell the tale while she traps a horse, which supplies her meat and a hot pelt for the iciness, yet destiny has bestowed a better present, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a distinct kinship.

One wintry weather extends to extra; she discovers a manner to make hearth extra quick and a wounded cave lion cub joins her strange family members, yet her liked animals don’t satisfy her stressed desire for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a guy screaming in soreness. She saves tall, good-looking Jondalar, who brings her a language to talk and an awakening of affection and hope, yet Ayla is torn among her worry of leaving her valley and her wish of dwelling together with her personal sort.

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Horses have been social animals, in most cases residing in herds, and so they wanted the closeness and heat of fellow creatures. The experience of contact used to be rather constructed and critical in constructing shut rapport. however the younger mare’s instincts led her to keep on with instructions, to head the place she was once led. whilst panicked, even leaders of herds fled with the remainder. The woman’s activities had goal, have been directed through a mind within which foresight and research have been consistently interacting with wisdom and event. Her weak place stored her survival reflexes sharp and compelled her to be regularly conscious of her atmosphere, which jointly had prompted and speeded up the educational strategy. The sight of a hare or huge hamster, even whereas she was once using for excitement, tended to make Ayla succeed in for her sling and wish to head after it. Whinney had quick interpreted her hope, and her first step in that course led eventually to the younger woman’s tight, even though subconscious, keep watch over of the pony. It wasn’t till Ayla killed an enormous hamster that she grew to become conscious of it. It used to be nonetheless early in spring. that they had flushed the animal inadvertently, however the second Ayla observed it operating, she leaned towards it—reaching for her sling as Whinney begun racing after it. after they drew close to, Ayla’s shift in place, that got here with a inspiration to leap down, introduced the pony to a halt in time for her to slip off and hurl a stone. It’ll be great to have clean meat this night, she used to be pondering as she walked again towards the ready horse. I may still do extra searching, yet it’s been rather a lot enjoyable using Whinney … i used to be using Whinney! She chased after that hamster. and he or she stopped whilst i needed her to! Ayla’s recommendations raced again to the 1st day she had climbed at the horse’s again and wrapped her hands round the younger mare’s neck. Whinney had reached down for a clump of soft new grass. “Whinney! ” Ayla cried. the pony lifted her head and perked up her ears with a bit of luck. The younger girl used to be surprised. She didn’t know the way to give an explanation for it. The mere notion of driving at the horse have been overwhelming adequate, yet that the pony might pass the place Ayla desired to cross used to be more durable to appreciate than the method have been for either one of them to profit. the pony got here to her. “Oh, Whinney,” she stated back, her voice cracking with a sob, even though she wasn’t certain why, as she hugged the shaggy neck Whinney blew via her nostrils and arched her neck so her head used to be leaning over the woman’s shoulder. while she went to mount the pony, Ayla felt clumsy. The hamster appeared to get within the means. She walked to a boulder, although she had lengthy considering the fact that ceased utilizing one, and, preventing to consider it, knew she had jumped and thrown her leg over, mounting simply sooner than. After a few preliminary confusion, Whinney begun again to the cave. while Ayla consciously attempted to control the filly, her subconscious signs misplaced a few of their decisiveness, as did Whinney’s reaction. She didn’t know the way she have been directing the pony. Ayla discovered to depend upon her reflexes back whilst she came upon that Whinney answered higher if she cozy, notwithstanding within the method she did increase a few functional indications.

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