THE JACKAL AND THE SPRING 267
feel thirsty any more, while I am sure that all you other beasts are for ever wanting water.'
' Give me a bit, dear friend,' asked the little hare.
'Not so fast,' replied the jackal. ' If you really wish to enjoy what you are eating, you must have your paws tied behind you, and lie on your back, so that I can pour it into your mouth.'
' You can tie them, only be quick,' said the little hare, and when he was tied tight and popped on his back, the jackal went quietly down to the well, and drank as much as he wanted. When he had quite finished he returned to his den.
In the evening the animals all came back; and when they saw the little hare with his paws tied, they said to him : ' Little hare, how did you let yourself be taken in like this? Didn't you boast you were very sharp? You undertook to guard our water; now show us how much is left for us to drink !'
' It is all the fault of the jackal,' replied the little hare. ' He told me he would give me something nice to eat if I would just let him tie nry hands behind my back.'
Then the animals said, ' Who can we trust to mount guard now?' And the panther answered, 'Let it be the tortoise.'
The following morning the animals all went their various ways, leaving the tortoise to guard the spring. When they were out of sight the jackal came back. ' Good morning, tortoise ; good morning.'
But the tortoise took no notice.
' Good morning, tortoise; good morning.' But still the tortoise pretended not to hear.
Then the jackal said to himself, 'Well, to-day I have only got to manage a bigger idiot than before. I shall just kick him on one side, and then go and have a drink.' So he went up to the tortoise and said to him in a soft voice, ' Tortoise ! tortoise !' but the tortoise took no notice. Then the jackal kicked him out of the way, and went to the