For, listen, child of man, I loved thee more than ever I loved my cubs.
The cub is mine, and to my teeth he will come in the end, O bush-tailed thieves
A muffled roar came up from behind the rocks--the voice of Shere Khan crying: "The cub is mine.
Now, the Law of the Jungle lays down that if there is any dispute as to the right of a cub to be accepted by the Pack, he must be spoken for by at least two members of the Pack who are not his father and mother.
O Akela, and ye the Free People," he purred, "I have no right in your assembly, but the Law of the Jungle says that if there is a doubt which is not a killing matter in regard to a new cub, the life of that cub may be bought at a price.
Then Shere Khan would flatter them and wonder that such fine young hunters were content to be led by a dying wolf and a man's cub.
Tabaqui came to me not long ago with some rude talk that I was a naked man's cub and not fit to dig pig-nuts.
It was because of this that I paid the price for thee at the Council when thou wast a little naked cub.
Oh, thou art a man's cub," said the Black Panther very tenderly.
There speaks the man's cub," said Bagheera proudly.
No man's cub can run with the people of the jungle," howled Shere Khan.
This cattle-killer said he would kill me in the Council because he had not killed me when I was a cub.
Now I know thou art a man, and a man's cub no longer.