The first Robber doffed his cap and said, “Good-day, sir, where are you taking this dog?”
The second said, “Good-day, Sir, where did you get this dog?”
The third Robber even stopped the Farmer, and inquired where his gun was. “For surely you would not have this dog with you unless you were going hunting,” he added.
And the fourth Robber, coming up from the rear, put his hand on the Sheep’s head and said, “Ah, my friend, what a fine watch-dog you have!” and went on.
By this time the Farmer was very angry. “In sooth,” he cried aloud, “the man who sold me this beast bewitched my eyes; for truly I thought that it was a sheep, whereas in reality it is nothing but a dog. I will hurry back at once to find the fellow and make him pay me back my money.”
So saying, he tied the Sheep to a tree by the roadside and started back to the fair on a run. Thereupon the four Robbers came out of their hiding-places and carried the prize off to their den.