Long ago, only the cats had the ability to trace their prey by its odour, while the other animals used their vision to discover their prey.
The dog knew that was the best way to hunt a prey so he decided to visit the cat.
“Mr. Cat, can you teach me the skill to trace the prey by its odour? It is very efficient and convenient.”
The cat agreed to teach the dog and to let him stay in his house during the lessons. After a few days, the dog thought that he could use the skill and he wanted to go home.
“You have not learnt the skill yet,”said the cat.“You have to stay longer.”
“But I have to go home now,”the dog insisted.
“All right,”the cat said,“you may go back tomorrow but not today.”
The next morning, the cat said to his wife,“When the dog comes to bid farewell, tell him that I have gone out. When he asks where, tell him that you don't know.”
After a while, the dog came.“Where is the teacher?”he asked.
“He went out early in the morning and I don't know where he went,”the cat's wife answered.
Actually, the cat intended to test whether the dog had learnt how to trace any prey by its odour.
The dog started by following the footprints of the cat. However, after a short distance, the cat had jump from one rock to another and then gone into a cave.
Then he came out from the other side and leapt onto a tree.
The dog followed the seemingly vanishing footprints of the cat and he came to the two rocks.
He entered the cave and managed to come out from the other side of it.
At last, he came to the tree but he could not find any footprint. The dog could not trace the cat though he kept going round and round the tree.
The cat stayed on top of the tree watching every move of the dog. Finally, he said,“Look up! You have not completely learnt the skill and yet you are ready to leave. You can see now that you are still ignorant.”
Since then, the dog only knows how to trail its prey on the ground.
-trace : 追踪
-odour : 气味
-prey : 猎物
-vision : 视觉
-efficient : 高效的
-convenient : 方便的
-insistent : 坚持的
-vanishing : 消失的
-cave : 洞穴
-leap : 跳跃
-footprint : 足迹
-ignorant : 无知的
"the ability to trace their prey by its odour": 通过气味追踪猎物的能力
"the best way to hunt a prey": 狩猎猎物的最佳方式
"the cat agreed to teach the dog": 猫同意教狗
"the dog insisted": 狗坚持要走
"the cat intended to test whether the dog had learnt": 猫想测试狗是否已经学会了
"followed the seemingly vanishing footprints": 跟随似乎消失的足迹