THE FARMER, THE SHEEP, AND THE ROBBERS
A STUPID Farmer was coming home from a fair, leading a large Sheep
which he had bought there. His way lay along a lonely
mountain-side, where a band of Robbers had their den.
Hidden among the bushes, the Robbers saw the Farmer and
his Sheep pass by, and they determined to play a trick on
him so as to win the Sheep for themselves. They therefore
separated, and one after another of them met the Farmer as
he passed along the road.
The first Robber doffed his cap and said, "Good-day, sir,
where are you taking this dog?"
The second said, "Good-day, Sir, where did you get this
The third Robber even stopped the Farmer, and inquired where
his gun was. "For surely you would not have this dog with
you unless you were going hunting," he added.
And the fourth Robber, coming up from the rear, put his hand
on the Sheep's head and said, "Ah, my friend, what a fine
watch-dog you have!" and went on.
By this time the Farmer was very angry. "In sooth," he cried
aloud, "the man who sold me this beast bewitched my eyes;
for truly I thought that it was a sheep, whereas in reality
it is nothing but a dog. I will hurry back at once to find
the fellow and make him pay me back my money."
So saying, he tied the Sheep to a tree by the roadside and
started back to the fair on a run. Thereupon the four Robbers
came out of their hiding-places and carried the prize off to