By Pu Songling
Later in an afternoon, a butcher went back home after a whole day’s working, with several bones remaining in the basket. In the middle of his way home, there were two wolves chasing after him for a long distance quietly.
Being frightened by the wolves stopped his way, the butcher threw a bone to distract their attention . One of the wolves got the bone stopped chasing, and the other wolf kept following. The butcher bumped another bone which stopped the wolf chasing, but the former one caught up. Consuming up the bones, the wolves stayed head by head after the butcher as before.
The butcher was trapped in a dangerous situation---probably being attacked by the wolves from both the front and back side. Looking around, the butcher found a piece of land for drying wheat. He rushed to the fires which piled like a hill by the owner, laying down his burden and guarding himself with a machete. Daring not to go forward, the wolves glared at the butcher eagerly.
Not a long time after, one walked away directly, and the other sat down, facing directly to the butcher in a dog-like manner. Few minutes passed, the wolf closed its eyesas if it was sleeping in a leisurely mood. Furiously, the butcher attempted to cut off the wolf’s head with his machete, and ultimately ended its life in several attacks. When going on his way, the butcher caught the sight of the other wolf digging hole in the fires intending to attack him from his back. Already covering half its body and only the back legs remaining outside, the butcher cut its back legs off and then killed it. In a startle, he realized that the former wolf was pretending sleeping to puzzle its opponent.
The two wolves were bright as human beings, as a result being killed in a short while. However, that’s all their wits just for laughter.