Balaam dashes off, but God is angry with him and sends the Angel of Jehovah to intercept him. The Angel remains invisible to Balaam, but can be seen by the donkey that Balaam is riding. The donkey refuses to walk into the invisible Angel. Balaam beats the donkey for refusing to move, but the Angel gives the donkey the power to speak to Balaam, and it complains about its mistreatment. The Angel then becomes visible to Balaam, and tells him that the donkey is the only reason Balaam has not been killed.
In Lorna Doone, Dolly is Annie's mute pony. Annie is desperate to know where Uncle Rueben is riding her every day.