Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Renard Says a Prayer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Renard Says a Prayer

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YOU'VE probably heard the tales of Renard, the sly fox who loved food and who also loved to play tricks on others, especially on his old friend Wolf. He outwitted hounds and cats and hens and roosters, and then one day the king declared Renard an outlaw and offered a reward for his capture, dead or alive.

Renard did not like this one bit. He scampered to the top of a snowy hill and looked up at the icy sky. "Dear God," he prayed, "forgive me for all my tricks and do me one favor. Disguise me so that nobody will know who I am. Thanks in advance. Amen."

Renard bowed and set off in search of something to eat. He couldn't find a thing in the frozen forest, and so he trotted into the village. Suddenly Renard's face lit up, for he noticed an open window. He peeked inside, saw the coast was clear, and jumped inside. Just beneath that window sat a vat of yellow dye, and Renard landed right in it. He sank to the bottom. When he bobbed up, he splashed and thrashed and tried to keep from drowning. You see, Renard had never learned to swim. Just then the dyer came in. When he spotted Renard in his new vat of dye, he lifted his measuring stick. "How dare you ruin my dye!" he cried, prepared to strike. "Sir," Renard sputtered, "don't hit me. I've come to share the latest dyeing fashion with you. You do know the newest way to mix, don't you?" "No," said the dyer, lowering his stick. "Ahh," said Renard, clutching the side of the vat. "I've just mixed your dye in the new Parisian fashion. If you'll help me out, I'll tell you the secret." Renard held out his paw, and the dyer helped him out of the tub. When Renard was on dry ground, he laughed. "I know nothing about dye, but I do know you shouldn't trust a fox." With that he jumped out the window. Outside Renard looked down and saw that he was as yellow as the bright winter sun. He loved his disguise! With lifted spirits, he set off again in search of food. Before long he came upon Wolf. "Oh no," Renard said to himself, for he had tricked Wolf one too many times, and knew that Wolf would turn him in to the king. But when Wolf saw Renard, he bowed. "Good day, sir," Wolf said. "I don't believe we've met. …

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