26. Cock and Jackal

Cock was once overtaken by Jackal, and caught. Cock said to Jackal, “Please, pray first before you kill me, as man does.”

Jackal asked, “How does he pray? Tell me.”

“He folds his hands when praying,” said Cock. Jackal folded his hands and prayed. Then Cock spoke again; “You ought not to look about you as you do. You had better shut your eyes.” He did so and Cock flew away, scolding him at the same time Jackal with these words, “You rogue! Do you also pray?”

There sat Jackal, speechless, because he had been outdone.