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THE OX WHO ENVIED THE PIG
NCE upon a time there was an Ox
named Big Red. He had a younger brother named Little
Red. These two brothers did all the carting on a large
Now the farmer had an only daughter and she was soon to be
married. Her mother gave orders that the Pig should be
fattened for the wedding feast.
Little Red noticed that the Pig was fed on choice food. He
said to his brother, "How is it, Big Red, that you and I
are given only straw and grass to eat, while we do all the
hard work on the farm? That lazy Pig does nothing but eat
the choice food the farmer gives him."
Little Red noticed that the Pig was fed on choice food.
Said his brother, "My dear Little Red, envy him not. That
little Pig is eating the food of death! He is being fattened
for the wedding feast. Eat your straw and grass and be
content and live long."
afterwards the fattened Pig was killed and cooked for the
The fattened Pig was killed and cooked for the wedding feast.
Then Big Red said, "Did you see, Little Red, what became of
the Pig after all his fine feeding?"
"Yes," said the little brother, "we can go on eating plain
food for years, but the poor little Pig ate the food of
death and now he is dead. His feed was good while it lasted,
but it did not last long."