“The Dog and the Sparrow”
There once was a sheep dog whose owner didn’t feed him. When he grew too hungry, he left. As he walked down the street, he met a sparrow who asked him why he was there. When the dog explained he was hungry, the sparrow said to follow him and he would get him plenty to eat.
They stopped at a butcher’s stall, and the sparrow pulled a piece of meat off a table for the dog to eat. They did this a second time, and then the dog asked for some bread. So they went to a couple of baker’s stalls and the sparrow pulled some rolls down for the dog.
After he had eaten, the dog and sparrow walked out of town and the dog fell asleep on the road. The sparrow sat above in a tree and watched. A wagon came along pulled by three horses and the sparrow cried out for the wagoner to stop, but the wagoner didn’t fear a sparrow and he drove over the dog and killed him. The sparrow swore revenge, and the wagoner just laughed.
The sparrow flew into the wagon which was loaded with two casks of wine. He pecked at one until the cork came out and the wine flowed out. The wagoner didn’t notice until it was too late.
The sparrow wanted to do more damage to the man, so he pecked out the eyes of one of the horses. The man tried to hit the sparrow with his ax, but instead just killed his horse.
When the man continued one his way, the sparrow knocked out the cork of the second cask of wine. The sparrow then pecked out the eyes of a second, and then the third horse and again the man in his anger tried to kill the sparrow with his ax and only succeeded in killing his last two horses.
The sparrow then flew to the man’s house. When the man arrived, his wife explained that all the birds were there eating their wheat.
The sparrow still wasn’t full on revenge, and vowed that by killing the dog the wagoner would die. As the sparrow flew around his home, the man beat at him with his ax and only succeeded in breaking everything.
Eventually, the man caught the sparrow. But instead of just killing it, for that would be too easy, the man put the sparrow in his mouth to swallow it. But instead of swallowing it, when the sparrow spoke up from his mouth, the man handed his wife the ax and she tried to kill the sparrow but only killed her husband. And the sparrow flew off.
You’d think a talking dog would be such a unique being it would be well fed.
So, if the idiot dog didn’t sleep in the middle of the road, none of this would have happened.
What did the horses do to the sparrow? Why did he hold a grudge against them?
What was up with the sparrow? He meets a dog in need and he helps it out. Half-an-hour later, when the dog is killed – because he went to sleep in the middle of the road – the sparrow goes on a murderous rampage. What the hell?
And who, after killing a horse with an ax by missing a bird, would go on to do it twice more?