Hares And Wolves

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The hares feed at night on tree bark; the field hares eat the winter rye

and the grass, and the threshing-floor hares eat the grain in the

granary. Through the night the hares make a deep, visible track through

the snow. The hares are hunted by men, and dogs, and wolves, and foxes,

and ravens, and eagles. If a hare walked straight ahead, he would be

easily caught in the morning by his tracks; but God has made a hare

id, and his timidity saves him.

A hare goes at night fearlessly through the forests and fields, making

straight tracks; but as soon as morning comes and his enemies wake up,

and he hears the bark of dogs, or the squeak of sleighs, or the voice of

peasants, or the crashing of a wolf through the forest, he begins to

toss from side to side in his fear. He jumps forward, gets frightened at

something, and runs back on his track. He hears something again, and he

leaps at full speed to one side and runs away from his old track. Again

something makes a noise, and the hare turns back, and again leaps to one

side. When it is daylight, he lies down.

In the morning the hunters try to follow the hare tracks, and they get

mixed up on the double tracks and long leaps, and marvel at the hare's

cunning. But the hare did not mean to be cunning. He is merely afraid of