The Second Jungle Book
How Fear Came
The stream is shrunkÑthe pool is dry,
And we be comrades, thou and I;
With fevered jowl and dusty flank
Each jostling each along the bank;
And by one drouthy fear made still,
Forgoing thought of quest or kill.
Now 'neath his dam the fawn may see,
The lean Pack-wolf as cowed as he,
And the tall buck, unflinching, note
The fangs that tore his father's throat.
The pools are shrunkÑthe streams are dry,
And we be playmates, thou and I,
Till yonder cloudÑGood Hunting!Ñloose
The rain that breaks our Water Truce.
The Law of the JungleÑwhich is by far the oldest law in the
worldÑhas arranged for almost every kind of accident that may befall
the Jungle People, till now its code is as perfect as time and custom can
make it. You will remember that Mowgli spent a great part of his life in
the Seeonee Wolf-Pack, learning the Law from Baloo, the Brown Bear;
and it was Baloo who told him, when the boy grew impatient at the con-
stant orders, that the Law was like the Giant Creeper, because it dropped
across every one's back and no one could escape. "When thou hast lived
as long as I have, Little Brother, thou wilt see how all the Jungle obeys at
least one Law. And that will be no pleasant sight," said Baloo.
This talk went in at one ear and out at the other, for a boy who spends
his life eating and sleeping does not worry about anything till it actually
stares him in the face. But, one year, Baloo's words came true, and
Mowgli saw all the Jungle working under the Law.