She is aware of her son's emotional states, though Jody is unaware that "she could see his worry" about his pony In this way, Leader of the People resumes the theme of The Great Mountains—Jody's fascination with adventure outside of the ranch.
He came across the plains. Jess Taylor's stallion is introduced in "The Promise" as he breaks free from his corral and violently mates with Nellie. Carl Tiflin refuses, although he does allow him to stay the night, noting that the old man is very similar to his useless old horse, Easter.
Finally they'd eat the lead pair, and then the wheelers. Jody suggests that he and the dogs ought to chase out the mice that are no doubt inhabiting it. They aren't very strong, the new people, but I hardly thought mice would be game for them.
Tifflin asks him who has written. Got his big nose into everything. On that distant stretch he say a cart slowly pulled by a bay of horse. Jody tells Gitano about Easter's history on the ranch only for Gitano to respond, "No good any more.
That's why Billy is supposed to be so good with horses. You go kill the mice.
No one living now, save possibly Billy Buck, was worthy to do the things that had been done. He looks at the great mountains, wishing he could explore them. Then, "he [slips] his clothes on"  and sneaks out to the barn to check on Nellie.
Did I ever tell you how I wanted each wagon to carry a long iron plate? Jody excitedly observes that the mice have no idea what will happen to them that day and Billy Buck philosophically observes that nobody ever does.
There are white puffy clouds in the sky and the sound of wind on the ridges that cannot be felt in the declivity where the ranch is sheltered. Jody searches the old man's things, but is disappointed to find no trace of the sharp sword. Sure, kill them all off. The Grandfather repeats his observation about Billy's father and then launches into an oft-told story about the shortage of meat on the trek west.“The Leader of the People” is best known as a chapter in John Steinbeck’s novella The Red Pony (), in which Jody Tiflin comes of age on his parents’ ranch.
Considered on its own. The Red Pony is an episodic novella written by American writer John Steinbeck in The first three chapters were published in magazines from –,  and the full book was published in. from The Red Pony by Johm Steinbeck On Saturday afternoon Billy Buck, the ranch-hand, raked together the last of the old year's haystack and pitched small forkfuls.
Billy Buck: Billy Buck is the first character introduced in The Red Pony. Steinbeck describes this middle-aged ranch hand as a "broad, bandy-legged little man with a walrus mustache, with square hands, puffed and muscled on the palms" ().
Jody understands his grandfather's passion and consoles the old man by offering to become a "leader of the people" as well. When this fails to cheer up the old man Jody offers instead the very simple and selfless gift of a glass of lemonade.
"The Promise" and "The Leader of the People" repeat the patterns of the first and second stories, respectively. In "The Promise," Jody receives another colt but only after the colt's mother, Nellie, is killed by Billy when she is having trouble delivering The Red Pony's plot belongs to the Bildungsroman tradition, in which a young person.Download