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47 The Beasts in the Pit 29. A pig was going to Petersburg to pray to God. She chanced to meet a wolf. “Pig, oh pig, where are you going?” “To Petersburg, to pray to God.” “Take me with you!” “Let’s go, my friend!” They walked and walked, and then they met a fox: “Pig, oh pig, where are you going?” “Take me with you” “Come along, friend.” They walked and they walked, and they met a hare: “Pig, oh pig, where are you going?” “To Petersburg, to pray to God.” “Take me with you, too!” “Come along then, Cross-eyes!” Then a squirrel asked to go, and so they all walked and walked along. But then, just look! On the road was a wide, deep pit. The pig leaped and fell in, and after her came the wolf, the fox, the hare, and the squirrel. They sat there for a long time and got starving hungry. There was nothing to eat. Then the fox thought of something:“Let’s have a singing contest. Whoever can sing the thinnest we’ll eat.” The wolf drew out a thick voice: “O-o-o-!” The pig was a little softer: “U-u-u!” The fox was softer still: “Eh-eh-eh!” The hare and the squirrel both had a thin little voice:“EE, ee, ee!” The beasts quickly tore into the hare and squirrel and ate them up, even their bones. The next day, the fox spoke again:“Let’s see who can sing with the thickest voice and we’ll eat that one up.” The wolf had the thickest voice—“O-o-o!”—so they ate him. When the fox had eaten the meat, she hid the guts beneath her. For about three days she sat there and ate those guts. The pig asked,“What are you eating, friend? Give some to me.”“Oh, pig! I’m pulling out my own guts. Tear open your own belly, take out the guts, and eat.” The pig did just that: It tore open its belly and provided the fox with dinner. The 48 h The Beasts in the Pit fox was left in the pit all alone; whether she crawled out of it or is sitting there still, I truly don’t know. 30. There lived this old man and old woman, and they had no property except one boar. The boar went into the woods to eat acorns. He encountered a wolf. “Boar, boar, where are you going?” “Into the woods to eat acorns.” “Take me with you.” “I’d take you,” he said,“but there’s a wide and deep pit there, and you couldn’t jump across it.”“No matter,” said the wolf,“I’ll jump it.” So they set off. They walked and walked through the woods and came to that pit. “Well,” said the wolf, “Jump.” The boar jumped—and jumped across it. The wolf jumped—right into the pit. Then the boar ate his fill of acorns and set off home. The next day the boar again set off for the woods. He encountered a bear. “Boar, boar, where are you going?” “Into the woods to eat acorns.” “Take me with you.” “I’d take you,” he said,“but there’s a wide and deep pit there, and you couldn’t jump across it.” “Never fear,” the bear said, “I’ll jump it.” They came up to the pit. The boar jumped—and jumped across. The bear jumped—and landed right in the pit. The boar ate his fill of acorns and set off home. The third day the boar again set off for the woods to eat acorns. He encountered a cross-eyed hare. “Greetings, boar!” “Greetings, cross-eyed hare!” “Where are you going?” “Into the woods, to eat acorns.” “Take me with you.” “No, cross-eyes, there’s a wide and deep pit there, and you couldn’t jump across it.”“Not jump across it! What do you mean, not jump across it!?” So they set off and came to the pit. The boar jumped—and jumped across it. The hare jumped—right into the pit. Well, the boar ate his fill of acorns and set off home. On the fourth day the boar set off for the woods to eat acorns. He encountered a fox; the fox also asked for the boar to take her with him. The Beasts in the Pit  h 49 “No,”said the boar,“There’s a wide and...

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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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