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The Adventures of Reddy Fox
I. Granny Fox Gives Reddy a Scare
Reddy Fox lived with Granny Fox. You see, Reddy was one of a large family, so
large that Mother Fox had hard work to feed so many hungry little mouths and so
she had let Reddy go to live with old Granny Fox. Granny Fox was the wisest,
slyest, smartest fox in all the country round, and now that Reddy had grown so
big, she thought it about time that he began to learn the things that every fox
should know. So every day she took him hunting with her and taught him all the
things that she had learned about hunting: about how to steal Farmer Brown's
chickens without awakening Bowser the Hound, and all about the thousand and
one ways of fooling a dog which she had learned.
This morning Granny Fox had taken Reddy across the Green Meadows, up
through the Green Forest, and over to the railroad track. Reddy had never been
there before and he didn't know just what to make of it. Granny trotted ahead
until they came to a long bridge. Then she stopped.
"Come here, Reddy, and look down," she commanded.
Reddy did as he was told, but a glance down made him giddy, so giddy that he
nearly fell. Granny Fox grinned.
"Come across," said she, and ran lightly across to the other side.
But Reddy Fox was afraid. Yes, Sir, he was afraid to take one step on the long
bridge. He was afraid that he would fall through into the water or onto the cruel
rocks below. Granny Fox ran back to where Reddy sat.