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The Legendary Rabbit of Death - volume one [paperback] (Volume 1) Paperback – May 28, 2013
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"Penelope Prunella Pandora Philomela Philantha Peasemarsh Pig-whipper Prenderghast was never happy with the 'Pig-whipper' part of her name because the Rabbit of Death had named her the Rabbit of Peace and she hated nastiness, horribleness, or unkindness or any kind. She loved the names Philomela and Philantha. She loved Philomela, because it meant 'lover of songs' -- and Philantha, because it meant 'lover of flowers'.
When she was a little girl she asked her parents about the 'Pig-whipper' part of her name and her mother said, "Well Penelope. . . it--is--a strange name, it's true--but . . . it comes from your great-great-great-great-great-grandparents -- and since then we've all had that 'Pig-whipper' name." "
So begins the first story. Later on:
"Finally Penelope decided to ask the Rabbit of Death about it. Now, the Rabbit of Death was a very mysterious and strange rabbit who lived in the 'Cave of Everlasting Terror'. He had fangs that grew longer the more frightening he wanted to be -- but he only looked frightening when he needed to help rabbits in frightening ways. Sometimes--but not often--he had a ghostly face that could make you think of rotting corpses. Mainly he was very friendly and incredibly kind -- but he was always weird.
When Penelope asked the Rabbit of Death about her pig-problem, he gave her a very strange answer. "Well Rabbit of Peace . . . it is very kind of you to keep trying to be friendly with the pigs -- but you always give them things that--you--like. But what--you--need to do, is give them things that --they--like." "
Penelope takes this advice to heart and attempts to figure out what pig's like, and how to transform the 'Pig-whipper' part of her heritage while befriending the local pigs.