The occupants rolled out over the snow, and the fleetest of the wolves sprang upon them.
The black ground-shadows were already crowding over the heap in the road, and one horse ran out across the fields, his harness hanging to him, wolves at his heels.
Three big wolves got abreast of the horses, and the horses went crazy.
So they spoke, but one girl in the kraal --she is a granddaughter of the old woman--led me aside, praying me not to go, for the forest on the Ghost Mountain had an evil name: none dared walk there, since it was certainly full of spirits, who howled like wolves.
So they slept, and without the door of the cave the wolves howled, scenting the blood of men.
It was the jackal--Tabaqui, the Dish-licker--and the wolves of India despise Tabaqui because he runs about making mischief, and telling tales, and eating rags and pieces of leather from the village rubbish-heaps.
He had almost forgotten the days when he won Mother Wolf in fair fight from five other wolves, when she ran in the Pack and was not called The Demon for compliment's sake.
But as soon as his cubs are old enough to stand on their feet he must bring them to the Pack Council, which is generally held once a month at full moon, in order that the other wolves may identify them.
But how in the world,' he added, 'am I to collect all the wolves of the kingdom on to that hill over there?
I have collected together all the wolves in the kingdom, and they are waiting for you in the wood.
Quick as lightning the wolf flew round the wood, and in a minute many hundred wolves rose up before him, increasing in number every moment, till they could be counted by thousands.
I weren't a-goin' to fight, so I waited for the food, and did with my `owl as the wolves and lions and tigers does.
But, there, you can't trust wolves no more nor women.
I ain't been trailed this way by wolves before, but I've gone through a whole lot worse an' kept my health.
But the wolves were growing bolder, and the men were aroused more than once from their sleep.