The Man And The Serpent

<p><p>A COUNTRYMAN&#146;S son by accident trod upon a Serpent&#146;s tail, which turned
and bit him so that he died. The father in a rage got his axe, and pursuing the
Serpent, cut off part of its tail. So the Serpent in revenge began stinging several
of the Farmer&#146;s cattle and caused him severe loss. Well, the Farmer thought
it best to make it up with the Serpent, and brought food and honey to the mouth
of its lair, and said to it: &#147;Let&#146;s forget and forgive; perhaps you
were right to punish my son, and take vengeance on my cattle, but surely I was
right in trying to revenge him; now that we are both satisfied why should not
we be friends again?&#148; <br>
&#147;No, no,&#148; said the Serpent; &#147;take away your gifts; you can never
forget the death of your son, nor I the loss of my tail.&#148;<br>