At this, the bear's mouth began to water

John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911)


Illustration for "The Bear's Bad Bargain" in Tales of the Punjab: Told by the People, facing p.36

Having heard that the woodman is gathering wood for his wife in order to get a big helping of her delicious dinner, the greedy bear wants to taste the meal, but in the end he is no match for the woodman's wife.... These stories, told in a "brisk, readable style" (James 373), with commentaries and sources by another and very distinguished old India hand, Sir Richard Temple, are really delightful.

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