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THE WICKED WOLVERINE              159
place where they grow so thick the ground is quite hidden. Why, look for yourself! That hillside is quite red with them !'
' I can't see so far,' answered the bear, now climbing down altogether. ' You must have wonderfully good eyes ! I wish I had ; but my sight is very short.'
' So was mine till my father smashed a pailful of cranberries, and rubbed my eyes with them,' replied the wolverine. ' But if you like to go and gather some of the berries I will do just as he did, and you will soon be able to see as far as me.'
It took the bear a long while to gather the berries, for she was slow about everything, and, besides, it made her back ache to stoop. But at last she returned with a sackful, and put them down beside the wolverine. ' That is splendid, sister !' cried the wolverine. ' Now lie flat on the ground with your head on this stone, while I smash them.'
The bear, who was very tired, was only too glad to do as she was bid, and stretched herself comfortably on the grass.
' I am ready now,' said the wolverine after a bit; ' just at first you will find that the berries make your eyes smart, but you must be careful not to move, or the juice will run out, and then it will have to be done all over again.'
So the bear promised to lie very still; but the moment the cranberries touched her eyes she sprang up with a roar.
' Oh, you mustn't mind a little pain,' said the wolverine, ' it will soon be over, and then you will see all sorts of things you have never dreamt of.' The bear sank down with a groan, and as her eyes were full of cranberry juice, which completely blinded her, the wolverine took up a sharp knife and stabbed her to the heart.
Then he took off the skin, and, stealing some fire from a tent, which his sharp eyes had perceived hidden behind
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