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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Cat, the Rooster, and the Fox: A Russian Folktale



Miss Cuddlywumps retells a Russian classic, with a few adaptations




Once upon a time, a cat and a rooster lived in a cozy little house together and were great friends. The cat took care of everything like rent and food, while the rooster spent his days admiring himself in the mirror. One day, the cat had to go out and do some, you know, “cat things.” Before he left the little house, he told the rooster to stay safe inside and not even open the door or window to anyone. But as soon as the cat was out of sight, along came a sly and hungry fox, who scattered some grain under the window and sang out to the rooster to come and get it. She also sang of his supposed great handsomeness and of how much she would love to just see him for a moment.

Rooster, pretty but not smart.
Pays no rent.
© Teodota |
Dreamstime.com
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Rooster Photo
Now, we know birds are not very smart (really, the smartest thing this rooster ever did was to team up with a wise cat to protect him), and this rooster was particularly vain about his looks, so he opened the window and stuck his head out, whereupon the fox seized him by the neck and carried him off into the woods. The rooster of course called out for help, and his friend the cat, not being too far away, heard him and ran to save him. He clawed at the fox until she finally released the poor rooster, who was most distressed to have lost a few feathers in the scuffle.

Fox, has a plan.
Will soon have a meal.
© Tamagocha | Dreamstime.com
Angry Red Fox Photo
When they were home safe and sound, the cat made the rooster promise to never listen to the fox again. The rooster promised.

The next day, the cat again had to go out, and before leaving, he reminded the rooster not to go outside, open the door or window, or pay attention to any foxes that happened by. The rooster promised. But as soon as the cat was out of sight, along came that same old fox. Again she scattered grain under the window and sang out to the rooster, adding in a few verses about his beautiful feathers, and again the rooster opened the window and stuck his head out, only to be snatched up by the fox. Again the rooster called out for help, and again his friend the cat ran to his rescue.

When they were home safe and sound, the cat again made the rooster promise to never, ever listen to the fox. The rooster promised.

The next day—the very next day—the cat again had to go out. This time he had to go farther away to do his cat things, and he reminded the rooster not to go outside, open the door or window, or listen to any foxes. The rooster promised. But not long after the cat had gone, along came the fox. Again she scattered her grain under the window and sang her enticing song to the rooster. Again the rooster opened the window and stuck his head out, and again the fox snatched him and ran off into the woods. Again the rooster called for help, fully expecting his friend the cat to come along and save him. But this time the cat was too far away to hear him, and so help never came for the poor rooster. The fox made rather a tasty meal of him, leaving only a few of those beautiful feathers behind.

Cat, seeking new roommate.
Successful applicant will have job, no feathers.
© Pirxyazon |
Dreamstime.com
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Cat.Photo
Now when the cat returned home, at first he was upset to have lost his friend, for he knew the fox must have taken the rooster and devoured him. But then he thought, “Well, there’s nothing to be done with a friend who won’t listen to your good advice.”

He also resolved to get a roommate who was (a) smarter and (b) had a job and could pay part of the rent.

The end

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