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ADVENTURES OF JACKAL'S YOUNGER SON 175
'Why, what is the matter?' asked the greyhound, look­ing up in astonishment.
'I beg you to return with me, and frighten the jackal into paying me what he owes me,' answered the sheep. 'For months we have lived together, and I have twice every day drawn the water, while he only poured it into the trenches. Together we have reaped our harvest; and now, when the moment to divide our crop has come, he has taken seven parts for himself, and only left one for me.'
She finished, and giving herself a twist, passed her woolly tail across her eyes; while the greyhound watched her, but held his peace. Then he said:
'Bring me a sack.' And the sheep hastened away to fetch one. Very soon she returned, and laid the sack down before him.
'Open it wide, that I may get in,' cried he; and when he was comfortably rolled up inside he bade the sheep take him on her back, and hasten to the place where she had left the jackal.
She found him waiting for her, and pretending to be asleep, though she clearly saw him wink one of his eyes. However, she took no notice, but throwing the sack roughly on the ground, she exclaimed:
'Now measure!'
At this the jackal got up, and going to the heap of grain which lay close by, he divided it as before into eight por­tions — seven for himself and one for the sheep.
'What are you doing that for?' asked she indignantly. 'You know quite well that it was I who drew the water, and you who only poured it into the trenches.'
'You are mistaken,' answered the jackal. 'It was / who drew the water, and you who poured it into the trenches. Anybody will tell you that! If you like, I will ask those people who are digging there.'
'Very well,' replied the sheep. And the jackal called out:
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