In Olga Tokarczuk’s novel, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, part way through the story white foxes start showing up. The towns folk realize the must have these foxes have escaped from the pelt farm that the Innerd a rich townsfolk owns. The first mention is on page 124 when someone says,
“Have you heard about the foxes that have been seen out on the Plateau near where you live? Fluffy, white foxes”
Janina the main character and narrators freezes at this seemly normal remark. At the time the reader has no idea why she reacts this way but after finishing the novel the reader realizes why. At the ends when she shares, she killed the Innerd along with multiple other townsfolk. She describes how she opened the foxes cage but couldn’t get them to leave. The reader realizes she freezes because that means the foxes escaped and she accomplished the mission of letting the foxes free.
In the story the foxes represent purity and freedom. They are this majestic clean creature and them being free shows the Janina what she does it right. She wants these creatures to be free as she views them highly but the ones trapping, she feels nothing for, and they can die as they often do when she kills them. The characters that wind up dead are often negatively described through the book often as inhuman and evil. The foxes are always these pretty pure creatures in comparison. The Innered however is this being that is first described hardly sounds human. She wants these foxes to escape her country that she thinks is not right with the way it treats its animals and escape to the Czech Republic which she thinks is this beautiful perfect place. She thinks these deserve a utopia and not the problem ridden Poland she lives in.