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by Michelle Tocher

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Dying Indian Father

Before I die, I can see as clearly as if my house, my wife and children were all lit up by the full moon. I tell my wife that after eight moons have passed, she will die, and follow me to the Isle of the Blessed.

I warn my two elder children to look after their little brother and never forsake him, for he is not strong-minded and will not be able to look after himself. Yet I know that after my wife dies, the ingratitude and unkindness that I have left behind will be in front of my children. They will abandon their little brother and leave him to the wolves.

Dying Indian Father in The Boy and the Wolves, Yellow Fairy Book