TOM THUMB'S TRAVELS. 185
Then the fox let him go, and he ran home. When the father saw his dear little son again, he gave the fox willingly all the hens that he had.
" And look, besides, what a fine piece of money I've got for you ! " said Tom Thumb, and handed over the farthing which he had earned in his wanderings.
But how, you ask, could they let the fox devour all the poor chicks ?
Why, you silly child, you know that your father would rather have you than the hens in his yard !