Brother Rabbit and Brother Fox Go to Town
In the morning Brother Fox drove up to the crossroads in his wagon and shouted:
Doesn't leave eleven."
Brother Fox did not understand what she meant. He kicked her with his foot and told her to be quiet.
By and by another little Rabbit jumped out. Sister Fox said:
Leaves me less kicks."
Brother Fox did not listen to her and continued to talk to Brother Rabbit, and Brother Rabbit talked to Brother Fox.
While they talked, Brother Rabbit's children jumped out of the wagon one after another.
And each time Sister Fox said something about it. This is what she said:
Leaves four alive.
One from four
Leaves three and no more.
One from three
Leaves two to go free.
One from two
And there's little to do.
One from one
And that leaves none."
After some time Brother Fox looked around and did not see Brother Rabbit's family. He shouted:
"Hallo! What is this?"
And then he said:
"Brother Rabbit, where are your family?"
Brother Rabbit looked around and pretended to cry. He rubbed his eyes and cried: "Boo-hoo" Then he said:
"I knew it, Brother Fox, I knew it all the time. That's why I was afraid to leave my poor little children in the wagon with your family.
My children are all in your family's stomachs now. That's where they are, the poor little things."
Old Sister Fox said:
"I did not touch Brother Rabbit's children."
But Brother Fox did not believe her, because he was very hungry, and all the way he was thinking about those little Rabbits, and he wanted to eat them himself. He got very angry and he said to Sister Fox:
"You will get nothing more to eat from me, because to-day I shall get rid of you."
And when they came to town, he traded off all his family for corn.