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The Shepherd's


Early every morn-

ing, a shepherd took

his flock of sheep

out in the fields to

graze. He would sit

by watching - as the

sheep lazily munched on fresh grass.

After they had eaten, he would round

them up and walk back home.

Sometimes while watching his flock, he

would curl up in a quiet corner and go

off to sleep.

One day, the shepherd caught a wolf

which had strayed into the field, eyeing

his sheep. However, it was some dis-

tance away and it made no effort to

come nearer. The shepherd at first

stood on guard against the wolf, as

against an enemy, and kept a strict

watch over its movements.

But the wolf did not do anything.

When the shepherd herded the sheep

and headed home with his flock, the

wolf quietly followed them at a dis-


This continued for a while. The shep-

herd would find the wolf waiting at the

edge of the field every morning. But it

made not the slightest effort to seize

the sheep and would just watch. So, by

and by, the shepherd let down his

guard a bit. A few days later, he began

to actually look forward to the wolf's


The wolf, who generally sat on a

large piece of rock, looked like a big

sheep dog from afar. The shepherd

thought that other wild animals or mis-

chief-makers would be scared of the

'dog's presence and not harm his flock

while it was around.

Now, he began to look upon the wolf

as a guardian of his flock. One day, in

the middle of grazing his sheep, the

shepherd was called back to home

urgently. Leaving the sheep entirely in

charge of the wolf, he left.

When he came back, what did he

find? That the wolf had eaten most of

his flock, with only a few sheep wan-

dering about. Carcasses of the dead

sheep lay around, everywhere.

The shepherd sat down in shock

after witnessing the slaughter. "Serves

me right," he moaned to himself, "after

all, I entrusted the welfare of my flock

to a wolf."

Автор Зейтуллаев Осман Люманович
Дата добавления 21.03.2016
Раздел Иностранные языки
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