You're a strong boy and a clever one too. But don't go losing your temper over every little thing. Remember the laughter that is in you."" It taxes a while for his father's advice to hit home, and meanwhile Gilly's temper does cause him to walk off from his first two jobs as farmhand. But when, on the third day and the third farm, he's about to flare up again, because by the time the food is passed to him at dinner there is very little left, he remembers the laughter and makes a joke instead--first, ripping off his shirt with the announcement that he has to swim for the bits of potatoes that float in a bowl of water, and, the next day, bringing home only the heads and tails of the fish he's caught, for ""since I've been here I've never seen anything (else). I didn't know you ate the in-betweens too!"" It's a likely enough jibe for the occasion, and Dobrin's flat, slapdash green and blue pictures are saved from evaporating entirely by the broad gestures and constant motion of his figures.