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25 The Fox, the Hare, and the Cock 14. There lived and dwelt a fox and hare. The fox had a little hut of ice, the hare one of bast. Beautiful spring came, and the fox’s hut melted away, while the hare’s remained there as of old. The fox asked the hare to let her in to get warm, and then she chased the hare away. The hare was walking down the road, crying, and it met some dogs. “Arf, arf, arf! Why are you crying, hare?” “Just leave me be, dogs! Why should I not cry? I had a little bast hut and the fox one of ice, and she asked to move in with me and then chased me out.” “Don’t cry, little hare!” said the dogs.“We’ll chase her out!” “No, you can’t chase her out!” “We’ll chase her out!” They went up to the little hut:“Arf, arf, arf, Get out of there, fox!”And she replied from the stove,“If I jump out, if I leap out, fur will fly everywhere !” The dogs got frightened and went away. So the hare went on, crying. He met a bear. “What are you crying about, hare?” The hare said,“Leave me be, bear! Why should I not cry? I had a little bast hut and the fox one of ice. She asked to move in with me and then chased me out.”“Don’t cry, little hare!” said the bear.“I’ll chase her out.” “No, you can’t chase her out! The dogs tried but they didn’t chase her out and you won’t chase her out.” “No, I’ll chase her out!” So they went off to do just that.“Get out of there, fox!” And she said from the stove.“If I jump out, if I leap out, fur will fly everywhere!” The bear got frightened and went away. Again the hare went along crying, and then he met a bull. “And why are you crying, hare?” “Just leave me be, bull! Why should I not cry? I had a little bast hut and the fox one of ice. She asked to move in with me and then she chased me out.” “Let’s go, I’ll chase her out.” 26 h The Fox, the Hare, and the Cock “No, bull, you won’t chase her out! The dogs tried but didn’t, the bear tried but didn’t, and you won’t chase her out.” “No, I’ll chase her out.” They went up to the little hut: Get out of there, fox!“And she from the stove: “If I jump out, if I leap out, fur will fly everywhere!” The bull got frightened and went away. Again the hare went along and cried, and then she met a cock with a scythe. “Cock-a-doodle-doo! Why are you crying, hare?” “Just leave me be, cock! Why should I not cry? I had a little bast hut and the fox one of ice. She asked to move in with me and then chased me out!” “Let’s go, I’ll chase her out.” “No, you won’t chase her out. The dogs tried but couldn’t, the bear tried but couldn’t, the bull tried but couldn’t, and you won’t chase her out.” “No, I’ll chase her out.” They went up to the little hut:“Cock-a-doodle-doo! I’m carrying this scythe on my shoulder, and I’m going to slice up the fox! Get out of there, fox!” The fox ran out. The cock cut it down with the scythe and started living with the little hare and living on and prospering. There’s a tale for you and for me a pot of butter. ...

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ISBN
9781626740549
Related ISBN
9781628460933
MARC Record
OCLC
878813021
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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