One day a shepherd discovered a fat Pig in the meadow (1) where his
Sheep were pastured. He very quickly captured the porker, which
squealed at the top (2) of its voice the moment the Shepherd laid his hands
on it. You would have thought, to hear the loud squealing, that the Pig
was being cruelly hurt. But in spite (3) of its squeals and struggles to escape,
the Shepherd tucked his prize under his arm (4) and started off to the
butcher's in the market place.
The Sheep in the pasture were much astonished and amused at the Pig's
behavior (5), and followed the Shepherd and his charge to the pasture gate (6).
"What makes you squeal like that?" asked one of the Sheep. "The
Shepherd often catches and carries off one of us. But we should feel very
much ashamed to make such a terrible fuss about it like you do."
"That is all very well," replied the Pig, with a squeal and a frantic
kick (7). "When he catches you he is only after your wool. But he wants
my bacon! gree-ee-ee!"
It is easy to be brave when there is no danger.