HOW SOME WILD ANIMALS BECAME TAME ONES
Once upon a time there lived a miller who was so rich that, when he was going to be married, he asked to the feast not only his own friends but also the wild animals who dwelt in the hills and woods round about. The chief of the bears, the wolves, the foxes, the horses, the cows, the goats, the sheep, and the reindeer, all received invitations; and as they were not accustomed to weddings they were greatly pleased and flattered, and sent back messages in the politest language that they would certainly be there.
The first to start on the morning of the wedding-day was the bear, who always liked to be punctual; and, besides, he had a long way to go, and his hair, being so thick and rough, needed a good brushing before it was fit to be seen at a party. However, he took care to awaken very early, and set off down the road with a light heart. Before he had walked very far he met a boy who came whistling along, hitting at the tops of the flowers with a stick.
' Where are you going ? ' said he, looking at the bear in surprise, for he was an old acquaintance, and not generally so smart.
' Oh, just to the miller's marriage,' answered the bear carelessly. ' Of course, I would much rather stay at home, but the miller was so anxious I should be there that I really could not refuse.'
' Don't go, don't go !' cried the boy. ' If you do you