128 THE STORY OF A GAZELLE
there one among them who cared to buy? It is the custom for a trader in merchandise to be summoned hither and thither, and who knows where one may find a buyer ?' And he took up his cage and went towards the scratcher of dust-heaps, and the men went with him.
' What do you ask for your gazelles ? ' said the beggar. ' Will you let me have one for an eighth? '
And the man with a cage took out a gazelle, and held it out, saying, ' Take this one, master!'
And the beggar took it and carried it to the dust-heap, where he scratched carefully till he found a few grains of corn, which he divided with his gazelle. This he did night and morning, till five days went by.
Then, as he slept, the gazelle woke him, saying, ' Master.'
And the man answered, ' How is it that I see a wonder?'
' What wonder?' asked the gazelle.
' Why, that you, a gazelle, should be able to speak, for, from the beginning, my father and mother and all the people that are in the world have never told me of a talking gazelle.'
' Never mind that,' said the gazelle, ' but listen to what I say! First, I took you for my master. Second, you gave for me all you had in the world. I cannot run away from you, but give me, I pray you, leave to go every morning and seek food for myself, and every evening I will come back to you. What you find in the dust-heaps is not enough for both of us.'
'Go, then,' answered the master; and the gazelle went.
When the sun had set, the gazelle came back, and the poor man was very glad, and they laid down and slept side by side.
In the morning it said to him, ' I am going away to feed.'
And the man replied, ' Go, my son,' but he felt very