THE FOX AND THE WOLF 61
pleasure,' answered the fox, who had expected the wolf's reply.
'And be sure you don't eat all the cheese, or it will be the worse for you,' continued the wolf. But the fox looked up at him with tears in her eyes.
' Farewell, suspicious one!' she said 3adly. And climbed into the bucket.
In an instant she had reached the bottom of the well, and found that the water was not deep enough to cover her legs.
'Why, it is larger and richer than I thought,' cried she, turning towards the wolf, who was leaning over the wall of the well.
'Then be quick and bring it up,' commanded the wolf.
'How can I, when it weighs more than I do?' asked the fox.
'If it is so heavy bring it in two bits, of course,' said he.
'But I have no knife,' answered the fox. 'You will have to come down yourself, and we will carry it up between us.'
'And how am I to come down?' inquired the wolf.
'Oh, you are really very stupid! Get into the other bucket that is nearly over your head.'
The wolf looked up, and saw the bucket hanging there, and with some difficulty he climbed into it. As he weighed at least four times as much as the fox the bucket went down with a jerk, and the other bucket, in which the fox was seated, came to the surface.
As soon as he understood what was happening, the wolf began to speak like an angry wolf, but was a little comforted when he remembered that the cheese still remained to him.
'But where is the cheese?' he asked of the fox, who in her turn was leaning over the parapet watching his proceedings with a smile.