Excerpts from Chapter 7 of A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, “In Which Tigger is Unbounced,” or, as I like to think of it right now, an allegory for the modern workplace.

[Rabbit:] “Tigger’s getting so Bouncy nowadays that it’s time we taught him a lesson. Don’t you think so, Piglet?”
Piglet said that Tigger was very Bouncy, and that if they could think of a way of unbouncing him, it would be a Very Good Idea.
“Well, I’ve got an idea,” said Rabbit, “and here it is. We take Tigger for a long explore, somewhere where he’s never been, and we lose him there, and next morning we find him again, and-mark my words–he’ll be a different Tigger altogether.”

“Why?” said Pooh.

“Because he’ll be a Humble Tigger. Because he’ll be a Sad Tigger, a Melancholy Tigger, a Small and Sorry Tigger, an Oh-Rabbit-I-am-glad-to-see-you Tigger. That’s why.”

[So Rabbit and Pooh and Piglet take Tigger on a walk,]

and by-and-by, when the gorse got very prickly on each side of the path, Tigger ran up and down in front of them, and sometimes he bounced into Rabbit and sometimes he didn’t.

Spoiler: it is Rabbit, Pooh, and Piglet who get lost, and Tigger who finds them.

[A] friendly Tigger, a Grand Tigger, a Large and Helpful Tigger, a Tigger who bounced, if he bounced at all, in just the beautiful way a Tigger ought to bounce.


1 Comment

  1. Christina Galante says: Reply

    Love this
    “in just the beautiful way a Tigger ought to bounce”
    Thank you Laura!

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