4. The Jackal and The Hyena

Once upon a time Jackal saw a wagon returning from the seaside laden with fish. He tried to get into the wagon from behind, but he could not. He then ran on in front of it and lay in the road as if dead. The wagon came up to him, and the leader cried to the driver, “Here is a fine skin for your wife!”

“Throw it into the wagon,” said the driver, and Jackal was thrown in.

The wagon traveled on, through a moonlight night, and all the while Jackal was throwing out the fish into the road. He then jumped out himself and began collecting the fish. But stupid old Hyena , coming by, ate more than his share, for which Jackal was angry, and he said to him, “You can get plenty of fish, too, if you lie in the way of a wagon as I did, and keep quite still whatever happens.”

“So!” mumbled Hyena.

Accordingly, when the next wagon came from the sea, Hyena stretched himself out in the road. “What ugly thing is this?” cried the leader, and kicked Hyena. He then took a stick and thrashed him within an inch of his life. Hyena, according to the directions of Jackal, lay quiet as long as he could. He then got up and hobbled off to tell his misfortune to Jackal, who pretended to comfort him.

“What a pity,” said Hyena, “I have not got such a handsome skin as you have!”