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59 The Tomcat, the Cock, and the Fox 37. There lived and dwelt this old man, and he had a tomcat and a cock. The old man went away to the woods to work, the tomcat brought him his food, and the cock remained behind to guard the house. Just then, up came a fox. Cock-a-doodle-doo, cock, Cock with the golden comb! Look out the window, I’ll give you a pea. That’s what the fox sang, sitting beneath the window. The cock opened the window, stuck out its head and looked. Who was that singing? The fox grabbed the cock in its claws and carried it off to be its guest for dinner . The cock started shouting, “The fox has caught me. It’s carried the cock off beyond dark woods, to distant lands, to foreign parts, beyond the thrice-nine land, to the thirtieth tsardom, to the thirtieth country. Tomcat Kotonaevich, get me back!” In the field, the cat heard the cock’s voice and tore off in pursuit. It caught up to the fox, took the cock away, and brought it home.“Watch out, you cocky cock,” the tom said to it,“Don’t look out the window, don’t trust the fox. It will eat you up and leave not a bone.” Again the old man went off to the woods to work, and the tomcat brought him his food. When he was leaving, the old man told the cock to guard the house and not look out the window. But the fox lurked nearby, she dearly wanted to eat that cock. She came up to the window and sang: Cock-a-doodle-doo, cock, Cock with the golden comb! Look out the window, I’ll give you a pea, I’ll give you some grain. The cock walked about the hut, silently. The fox sang its song again, and threw a pea through the window. The cock ate the pea and said, 60 h The Tomcat, the Cock, and the Fox “No, fox, you won’t trick me! You want to eat me and leave not a bone!” “Enough of that, you cocky cock! Would I eat you? I just want you to be my guest, to see how I live and dwell, and to look at all my fine things.” And it sang again: Cock-a-doodle-doo, cock, Cock with the golden comb, With the shiny head! Look out the window, I gave you a pea, I’ll give you some grain. The cock had no more glanced out the window when it was in the fox’s claws. The cock screamed bloody murder: “The fox has carried me off, carried the cock beyond dark woods, beyond dense forests, over steep banks, over high mountains. The fox wants to eat me and leave not a bone!” The tomcat heard it in the field, and gave chase, took back the cock, and brought it home:“Did I not say to you don’t open that window, don’t look out the window, the fox will eat you up and leave not a bone. Watch out, listen to me! Tomorrow we’re going further away.” So again the old man went to work, and the cat brought him some bread. The fox crept up beneath the window and sang the same little song. It sang it three times, but the cock stayed still. The fox said,“What is this? Has the cock gone mute?!”“No, fox, you won’t trick me, I won’t look out the window.”The fox threw a pea in the window and some wheat and sang again: Cock-a-doodle-doo, cock, Cock with the golden comb, With the shiny head! Look out the window, I have big rooms, In each corner A measure of wheat: Eat, be sated, I don’t want you! And then she added, “If you’d only look, cock, you’d see how many treasures I have! Show yourself, cock! Enough of believing that tomcat. If I’d wanted to eat you, I’d have eaten you long ago. You see, I really like you, I want to show you the world, to teach you wit and wisdom, and how you ought to live. Just show yourself, cock, and I’ll go off in a corner!” She then crept even closer to the wall. The cock jumped up onto The Tomcat, the Cock, and the Fox h 61 the bench 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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