A Bear roaming the
woods in search of berries happened on a fallen tree in which a swarm of
Bees had stored their honey. The Bear began to nose around the log very
carefully to find out if the Bees were at home. Just then one of the
swarm came home from the clover field with a load of sweets. Guessing
what the Bear was after, the Bee flew at him, stung him sharply and then
disappeared into the hollow log.
The Bear lost his
temper in an instant, and sprang upon the log tooth and claw, to destroy
the nest. But this only brought out the whole swarm. The poor Bear had
to take to his heels, and he was able to save himself only by diving
into a pool of water.
wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a
thousand by flying into a rage.