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Hovhannes Toumanian

The Dog and the Cat

The Dog and the Cat

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Illustrated by P.Repkin

At one time, the Cat was a furrier;

The Dog and the Cat

And the Dog had no hat for his head,
But, I know not how, from somewhere,
He had managed to snatch a lambskin.

The Dog and the Cat

And one day, in the early winter,
He went to the Cat with this fur.
"Greeting to you, Master Cat;
My head feels cold: for the love of God,
Take this fur and sew for me
A cap that will fit me really well.

The Dog and the Cat

You can rest assured about the money,
Only, do not take long to finish it!"

The Dog and the Cat

"With great pleasure, Uncle Dog,
It is merely a cap you want, not a coat!
As a favour for your esteemed custom,
I will have it ready by Friday.

The Dog and the Cat

There is no need to talk about money:
That would be truly shameful between us!
And, Heavens above, it is no great thing,
Only the price of a cap and no more!"

The Dog and the Cat

So on the Friday, prior to the Cat,
Uncle Dog, with his head bare,
Looking serious and hasty of step,
Went and stood before the furrier's door:

The Dog and the Cat

"Where is the Master? Where is my cap?"
"He will soon be here, wait a little."

The Dog and the Cat

Master Cat arrived wearing a fur coat;

The Dog and the Cat

He saw the Dog and under his whiskers
He muttered to himself a little
And then roared at the customer:
"Are you frost-bitten, impatient fellow,
Will you not let one breathe? You know,
It is no easy task: I have only just
Sprayed the fur with water, to sew it!"

The Dog and the Cat

"Well, bless my soul, say so then;
What are you getting so angry about?
I give you money to sew it up quickly,
If you can’t do it, I’ll come tomorrow!
Yon make a promise and don’t keep it,
Then you raise your voice and shout at me!
It’s all talk, talk, talk, talk:
How many more times am I to come and go?"

The Dog and the Cat

Thus spoke the Dog angrily
And departed, with his head still bare.

The Dog and the Cat

He called again and still it was not ready.
This time they swore at each other:
They used disgraceful and shamless words,
Like 'thieving Cat' and 'bald-headed Dog',

The Dog and the Cat

Cursed each other's parents and much else,

The Dog and the Cat

And the affair ended before the judge.

The Dog and the Cat

By the time the Dog had gone back and forth,
Master Cat was reduced to bankruptcy,
And one night, he decided to run away,
And disappeared right out of sight..!

The Dog and the Cat

And from then on, to this very day,
The Dog has not forgotten his claim
And still remembers this incident:
Whenever he comes across the Cat,
He leaps up and chases after him
Demanding back his fur.

The Dog and the Cat

Whilst the impudent Cat suddenly
Swings round and angrily
Spits at the Dog, as if to say,
"I have just sprayed it, to sew it!"

The Dog and the Cat

Author: Toumanian H.; illustrated by Repkin P.

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