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Geschrieben von Brandi am 09.04.2003, 18:26 Uhr zurück

The very proper gander


James Thurber: The Very Proper Gander

Not so long ago there was a very find gander.
He was strong and smooth and beautiful and
he spent most of his time singing to his wife
and children. One day somebody who saw him
strutting up and down in his front yard and
singing remarked, "There is a very proper
gander." An old hen overheard this and told
her husband about it that night in the roost.
"They said something about propaganda," she

"I have always suspected that," said the rooster,
and he went around the barnyard the next day
telling everybody that the very fine gander was
a dangerous bird, more than likely a hawk in
gander's clothing. A small brown hen remembered
a time when at a very great distance she had
seen the gander talking to some hawks in the
forest. "They were up to no good," she said.

A duck remembered that the gander had once told
him that he did not believe in anything. "He
said to hell with the flag, too," said the duck.

A guinea hen recalled that she had once seen
somebody who looked very much like the gander
throw something that looked a great deal like a
bomb. Finally, everybody santached up sticks
and stones and descended on the gander's house.
He was strutting in his front yard, singing to
his children and his wife.

"There he is!" everybody cried. "Hawk-lover!
Unbeliever! Flag-hater! Bomb-thrower!" So
they set upon him and drove him out of the

Moral: Anybody who you or your wife thinks
is going to overthrow the government by violence
must be driven out of the country.


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