Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12) eBook

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that when the Deaf Man gave him this unexpected push, he lost his balance and tumbled down on to the neck of the seventh Rakshas, who was just then climbing up.  The Blind Man had no idea where he was, but thought he had got on to the branch of some other tree; and, stretching out his hand for something to catch hold of, caught hold of the Rakshas’s two great ears, and pinched them very hard in his surprise and fright.  The Rakshas couldn’t think what it was that had come tumbling down upon him; and the weight of the Blind Man upsetting his balance, down he also fell to the ground, knocking down in their turn the sixth, fifth, fourth, third, second, and first Rakshas, who all rolled one over another, and lay in a confused heap at the foot of the tree together.

Meanwhile the Blind Man called out to his friend:  “Where am I?  What has happened?  Where am I?  Where am I?” The Deaf Man (who was safe up in the tree) answered:  “Well done, brother! never fear! never fear!  You’re all right, only hold on tight.  I’m coming down to help you.”  But he had not the least intention of leaving his place of safety.  However, he continued to call out:  “Never mind, brother; hold on as tight as you can.  I’m coming, I’m coming,” and the more he called out, the harder the Blind Man pinched the Rakshas’s ears, which he mistook for some kind of palm branches.

The six other Rakshas, who had succeeded, after a good deal of kicking, in extricating themselves from their unpleasant position, thought they had had quite enough of helping their friend, and ran away as fast as they could; and the seventh, thinking from their going that the danger must be greater than he imagined, and being, moreover, very much afraid of the mysterious creature that sat on his shoulders, put his hands to the back of his ears and pushed off the Blind Man, and then, (without staying to see who or what he was) followed his six companions as fast as he could.

As soon as all the Rakshas were out of sight, the Deaf Man came down from the tree, and, picking up the Blind Man, embraced him, saying:  “I could not have done better myself.  You have frightened away all our enemies, but you see I came to help you as fast as possible.”  He then dragged the Donkey and the bundles of treasure out of the bushes, gave the Blind Man one bundle to carry, took the second himself, and put the remaining two on the Donkey, as before.  This done, the whole party set off to return home.  But when they had got nearly out of the jungle the Deaf Man said to the Blind Man:  “We are now close to the village; but if we take all this treasure home with us, we shall run great risk of being robbed.  I think our best plan would be to divide it equally; then you can take care of your half and I will take care of mine, and each one can hide his share here in the jungle, or wherever pleases him best.”  “Very well,” said the Blind Man; “do you divide what we have in the bundles into two equal portions, keeping one

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