The Dog and the Bees


Bierce's amusing morality tale was published in the anthology, Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor (1903), and is featured in our collection of Dog Stories. You might also enjoy Bierce's collection, Fantastic Fables.
The Dog and the Bees
Beehive drawing, 1851

A dog being very much annoyed by bees, ran quite accidently into an empty barrel lying on the ground, and looking out at the bung-hole, addressed his tormentors thus:

“Had you been temperate, stinging me only one at a time, you might have got a good deal of fun out of me. As it is, you have driven me into a secure retreat; for I can snap you up as fast as you come in through the bung-hole. Learn from this the folly of intemperate zeal.”

When he had concluded, he awaited a reply. There wasn’t any reply; for the bees had never gone near the bung-hole; they went in the same way as he did, and made it very warm for him.

The lesson of this fable is that one cannot stick to his pure reason while quarreling with bees.

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