Mary: (about the raccoon) Oh, but Pa, look how gentle he is! I wouldn't have brought him home for Laura if he was wild.
Charles: Mary, he's gentle now because he's a baby. You wait and see--that animal will grow to be as big as a dog, and nowhere near as reliable. A raccoon like that could really hurt somebody.
Laura: Well, if he grew up with us, he'd be tame.
Charles: Half-Pint, if that raccoon was tame, he'd be the first tame raccoon I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a lot. Now, you heard what I said--take him outside and play with him for a little while, then set him loose.
Mary: But Pa, he's just a baby!
Laura: Yeah, like Carrie! You wouldn't leave Carrie all alone in the woods, would you?