The Travelers and the Bear

046. THE TRAVELLERS AND THE BEAR. Two men being to travel through a forest together, mutually promised to stand by each other in any danger they should meet upon the way. They had not gone far before a bear came rushing towards them out of a thicket; upon which one, being a light nimble fellow, got up into a tree; the other, falling flat upon his face, and holding his breath, lay still, while the bear came up and smelled at him; but that creature supposing him to be a dead carcase, went back again into the wood, without doing him the least harm.
When all was over, the spark who had climbed the tree, came down to his companion, and with a pleasant smile, asked him what the bear had said to him, “for,” says he, “I took notice that he clapped his mouth very close to your ear.”
“Why,” replies the other, “he charged me to take care for the future, not to put any confidence in such cowardly rascals as you are.” [more info]

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