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REDDY FOX GETS A SCARE
ETER RABBIT looked up at the silvery moon and laughed aloud. Then
he kicked up his heels and laughed again as he started
out across the Green Meadows towards Farmer Brown's
garden. You see, Peter was suspicious, very suspicious
indeed of Reddy Fox. So, as it was a beautiful night
for a walk, he thought he would just run over to Farmer
Brown's garden and see if he could find that bed of
newly planted cabbage, about which Reddy Fox had told
So Peter hopped and skipped across the Green meadows,
singing as he went:
"Hold, ol' Miss Moon, hold up your light!
Show the way! show the way!
The little stars are shining bright;
Night folks all are out to play."
When Peter reached Farmer Brown's garden, he had no
trouble in finding the new planting on cabbage. It was
tender. It was good. My, how good it was! Peter started
in to fill his little round stomach. He ate and ate and
ate and ate! By and by, just when he thought he
couldn't eat another mouthful, he happened to look over
to a patch of moonlight. For just a second Peter's
heart stopped beating. There was Reddy Fox coming
straight over to the new cabbage bed!
Peter Rabbit didn't know what to do. Reddy Fox hadn't
seen him yet, but he would in a minute or two, unless
Peter could hide. He was too far from the dear Old
Briar-patch to run there. Peter looked this way and
looked that way. Ha! ha! There lay Farmer Brown's boy's
old straw hat, just where he had left it when the
supper horn blew. Peter crawled under it. It covered
Peter peeped out from under one edge. He saw Reddy Fox
standing in the moonlight, looking at the bed of newly
set cabbage. Reddy was smiling as if his thoughts were
very pleasant. Peter shivered. He could just guess what
Reddy was thinking—how he would gobble up Peter,
when once he got him away from the safety of the Old
The thought made Peter so indignant that he forgot that
he was hiding, and he sat up on his hind legs. Of
course, he lifted the straw hat with him. Then he
remembered and sat down again in a hurry. Of course,
the straw hat went down quite as quickly.
Presently Peter peeped out. Reddy Fox was staring and
staring at the old straw hat, and he wasn't smiling
now. He actually looked frightened. It gave Peter an
idea. He made three long hops straight towards Reddy
Fox, all the time keeping the old straw hat over him.
Of course the hat went along with him, and, because it
covered Peter all up, it looked for all the world as if
the hat was alive.
Reddy Fox gave one more long look at the strange thing
coming towards him through the cabbage bed, and then he
started for home as fast as he could go, his tail
between his legs.
Peter Rabbit just lay down right where he was and
laughed and laughed and laughed. And it almost seemed
as if the old straw hat laughed too.