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You might remember this classic, bittersweet tale: A little girl named Fern raises a pig, Wilbur. Once full grown, Wilbur is sold to Fern’s uncle’s farm. Lonely in his barn, Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur discovers he will soon be slaughtered, Charlotte has a plan. She weaves phrases into her web. “Some Pig,” she writes, “Humble, Radiant.” The community attributes the magical messages to Wilbur having a special gift and the pig’s life is spared, but Charlotte passes away soon after. Despite his grief, Wilbur finds comfort in his new friendship with Charlotte’s offspring.