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                          THAKURMAR JHULI

Written by Sri Dakhshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar, Thakurmar Jhuli has remained a favorite for ages not only among children but also among adults.

                           A STORY FROM THAKURMAR JHULI

The present story, School Master Fox is an adaptation of Thakurmar Jhuli story, ‘Shial Pandit’.

                                                       SCHOOL MASTER FOX

Once in a forest, along with other animals lived a fox. Giving twist to his long whiskers, the fox opened a school in the forest. All the animals send their kids to Fox’s school. The school is full of students. Day and night the forest is full of hubbub of the baby animals in the school.

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Seeing all this, Crocodile also thought of sending his babies to Fox’s school. The next morning, he went to the school of Fox along with his seven hatchlings. Fox said, “Mr. Crocodile, in seven days you’ll find your sons have become great scholars and brave fighters.” With great happiness, Crocodile returned to his house. Fox had his breakfast with a hatchling every morning. Six days passed in this way.

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Crocodile is excited, “O, tomorrow all my seven hatchlings will become great scholars and brave fighters! Let me go and see them once today.” Accordingly, he ordered Mrs. Crocodile to cook delicious dishes for their sons. And then he started for the school of Fox.

SCHOOL MASTER FOX

On seeing Crocodile nearing his school, Fox ordered his students to welcome him. Fox then said, “Sit Mr. Crocodile. Let me go inside and bring your babies.” Saying this Fox went inside the hole. From there he showed Crocodile the last hatchling seven times. Crocodile was very happy. Fox then said, “Mr. Crocodile, all your seven sons have become great scholars. If you keep them here for one more day, they all will become brave fighters.” Crocodile very happily returned home.

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The next day when Crocodile came to collect his seven sons from Fox’s school, he received a great shock. Neither there was any school, nor there any student, Fox, or Crocodile’s babies. Crocodile now understood everything. Crocodile decided to take revenge on Fox.

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Crocodile quietly hid himself in the creek. Fox had to cross the canal in search of food. As soon as he dived into the creek, Crocodile caught hold of his leg with his sharp teeth. Fox struggled a lot to free his leg but failed. In this way they came up to a cane forest. Fox broke a cane and said with a laugh, “I never knew Mr. Crocodile is so foolish! You caught my stick instead of my leg.” Crocodile too thought he did a foolish act. Hence, he left Fox’s leg and bit on the piece of cane. Getting an opportunity, Fox escaped.

SCHOOL MASTER FOX

Days passed in this way. Crocodile saw no trace of Fox. One day he laid on the ground as if dead. Fox saw the crocodile and thought it had died. But Fox we know is very cunning. To be double sure, he went near the crocodile and said, “O how honest he was! But how did he die? Hmm there should be symptoms to prove he is dead! The ears should flap and tail should clap.” Now crocodiles don’t have ears. So foolish Crocodile turned his head and slapped his tail on the ground.

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Fox was sure now that crocodile was alive. So he shouted at the shepherds, “Look, here is the crocodile that ate your animals few days back!” The shepherds came with their sticks and started beating the crocodile. Fox ran far away from there.

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Fox ran for a very long time. He then entered into a brinjal farm. Fox was very hungry, so he started eating brinjals. A thorn of a brinjal pierced his nose. He tried to take out the thorn but couldn’t. His nose started bleeding. He also felt a terrible pain. At last he went to Barber’s house and called, “Mr. Barber, are you at home? Please come out with you r nail clipper, and pull out the thorn from my nose.” Barber was a very good person. He at once, came out with his nail clipper and felt very sad seeing the fox bleeding.

SCHOOL MASTER FOX

Barber then pulled out the thorn from Fox’s nose. But while doing so he cut off Fox’s nose by mistake. Fox was very angry. He would not listen to anything. He wanted his nose back. At last he released Barber by taking his nail clipper in exchange of his nose

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Fox passed by a potter’s house. Potter saw a fox passing holding a nail clipper in his mouth. Now Potter was in a need of a nail clipper. So he borrowed the nail clipper from Fox. But while using it the nail clipper broke. Fox was very angry with Potter and demanded to return it anyhow. Now what to do? So Potter gave Fox an earthen pot in exchange of nail clipper.

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Taking the earthen pot, Fox left Potter’s house and again started walking. On the way he saw a marriage procession bursting crackers. A cracker fell on Fox’s pot and the pot broke into piece. Fox was very angry. Everybody was scared. They asked Fox to forgive them. But Fox would not listen to anything unless they give him the bride in exchange of his pot. Hence, seeing no other option they gave Fox the bride and he happily went away.

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Fox went to a drummer’s house with the bride and said, “Mr. Drummer I’ll marry this bride. You arrange some more drummers while I go the priest. You keep my bride in this house.” Drummer’s wife was chopping vegetables with a knife. The bride was dozing. Suddenly she fell on the knife and was cut in two pieces. Drummer’s wife was terrified. She hid both the pieces of the bride in haystack.

SCHOOL MASTER FOX

Fox returned with the priest but could not find his bride anywhere in the house. Drummer’s wife was so scared that she didn’t know what to do. But Fox we already know will not listen to anything. At last Drummer’s wife gave her husband’s drum and got rid of the fox.

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Fox was so happy with the drum that he climbed up a palm tree and started beating on the drum and singing. His ecstasy knew no bound. He even started dancing. His legs slipped and O he fell from the palm tree!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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