HOW A FISH SWAM IN THE AIR 149
up at the very top of a tree, and tied up the hare in a fishing net and fastened it on the edge of a little stream, not troubling himself to think how unpleasant such a wet spot was likely to be to the hare.
Then he got into his cart and trotted merrily home.
' Wife! ' cried he, the moment he got indoors. ' You can't think what a piece of good luck has come our way.'
' What, what, dear husband ? Do tell me all about it at once.'
' No, no, you'll just go off and tell everyone.'
' No, indeed! How can you think such things! For shame ! If you like I will swear never to------'
' Oh, well! if you are really in earnest then, listen.'
And he whispered in her ear: 'I've found a pot full of gold and silver in the forest! Hush !------'
' And why didn't you bring it back? '
' Because we'll drive there together and bring it carefully back between us.'
So the man and his wife drove to the forest.
As they were driving along the man said;
' What strange things one hears, wife! I was told only the other day that fish will now live and thrive in the tree tops and that some wild animals spend their time in the water. Well! well! times are certainly changed.'
' Why, you must be crazy, husband! Dear, dear, what nonsense people do talk sometimes.'
' Nonsense, indeed! Why, just look. Bless my soul, if there isn't a fish, a real pike I do believe, up in that tree.'
' Gracious !' cried his wife. ' How did a pike get there? It is a pike — you needn't attempt to say it's not. Can people have said true------'
But the man only shook his head and shrugged his shoulders and opened his mouth and gaped as if he really could not believe his own eyes.
' What are you standing staring at there, stupid? ' said