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but on the contrary are very troublesome and mischievous, therefore they do not like to see you; but they know that I am busy all day long making them honey. You had better pay them fewer visits and try to be useful."
Fa mil'iar, well acquainted; cu'ri ous (kū'rị us), of strange fashion, odd; contra ry (kõn'tra rỉ), on the other hand.
What question did the wasp ask?
THE CAMEL AND THE PIG
P. V. RAMASWAMI RAJU
A camel said, “Nothing like being tall; look, how tall I am!”
A pig, who heard these words, said, “Nothing like being short; look, how short I am!”
The camel said, “Well, if I fail to prove the truth of what I said, I shall give up my hump.”
The pig said, “If I fail to prove the truth of what I have said, I shall give up my snout.”
“Agreed!” said the camel.
They came to a garden, inclosed by a low wall without any opening. The camel stood on this side the wall and, reaching the plants within by means of his long neck, made a breakfast on them. Then he turned jeeringly
to the pig,
who had been standing
at the bottom of the wall, without even having a look at the good things in the garden, and said, “Now, would you be tall, or short?"
Next they came to a garden, inclosed by a high wall, with a wicket gate at one end. The pig entered by the gate,
and, after having eaten They came to a garden, inclosed by a low wall his fill of the vegetables
within came out, laughing at the poor camel, who had had to stay outside because he was too tall to enter the garden by the gate, and said, “Now, would you be tall, or short?”
Then they thought the matter over, and came to the conclusion that the camel should keep his hump and the pig his snout, observing,
“Tall is good, where tall would do;
From “Folk Stories and Fables.”
In closed' (în klõzd'), shut in; jeer'ing ly, in scornful manner; wăck'ět, a small, low gate within a wall or larger gate.
What difference of opinion did the camel and the pig have?
THE CAMEL AND THE PIG
(Dramatization) [Assign the parts: Camel and Pig. Let six or eight children form a hollow square, kneel, and join hands to represent the low wall around a garden. Have two or three children stand inside the wall to represent the plants. Not far away, have another garden formed by children standing around as a high wall. Leave a low opening for a gate. Place books in the garden for vegetables. Camel and Pig walk from different directions and meet.)
CAMEL: Good morning, Friend Pig!
CAMEL: Nothing like being tall! Just see how tall I am. (Camel stretches himself and points upward.)
Pir: Nothing like being short, Friend Camel! See how short I am.
CAMEL: Oh, you think so, do you? Well, if I fail to prove that there is nothing like being tall I will give up my hump. (Touches his back.)
Pis: Ugh! Ugh! You will, will you? Well, if I fail to prove that there is nothing like being short, I will give up my snout. (Touches his nose.)
CAMEL: Agreed! Agreed!
by the low wall, and stand beside it.) CAMEL: Ah! Here is a delicious breakfast for me. (Reaches over and eats.) These leaves are so juicy and fresh. Nothing could be sweeter or better. Now, would you be tall or short, Friend Pig? (Camel and Pig walk over to the other garden. Pig runs
to the low gate and into the garden.) Pig: Ah! Here are fresh cabbage and crisp turnips for my breakfast. (Pretends to eat them. They are most delicious. (Runs out, laughing, and says): Now, would you be tall, Friend Camel, or would you be short? Tell me, truly.
CAMEL: Well, it's all right to be tall when you want leaves.
Pir: Yes, and it's all right to be short when you want to go through a low gate.
CAMEL: Yes, yes, --sometimes it is better to be short.
CAMEL: Well, Pig, you keep your snout and I will keep my hump.
Pis: That's a bargain, and a fair one, too.
Tall is good, where tall would do;
Oh, tell me, little children, have you seen her-
Oh, buy the baby's blossoms if you meet her,
Nikolina! Swift she turns if any call her,