He knew that young and old wolves were there, that the hounds had separated into two packs, that somewhere a wolf
was being chased, and that something had gone wrong.
For a wolf, no," said Tabaqui, "but for so mean a person as myself a dry bone is a good feast.
Now, was there ever a wolf that could boast of a man's cub among her children?
He had fallen twice into a wolf trap in his youth, and once he had been beaten and left for dead; so he knew the manners and customs of men.
But though a young wolf would have remembered that advice every hour, Mowgli forgot it because he was only a boy--though he would have called himself a wolf if he had been able to speak in any human tongue.
Then I looked at my wounds; they were not deep, for the leather bag had saved me, yet I feel them to this hour, for there is poison in the mouth of a wolf.
Then I heard a wolf howl on my right, and from the left came answering howls, and these, again, were answered by others in front of and behind me.
For a moment I stood thinking, then I lifted up my voice and howled like a wolf, and lo
When ye fight with a Wolf
of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar, Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
His two dogs stayed close by him, one on either side, leaning against him for protection, crying and whimpering, and at times snarling desperately when a wolf approached a little closer than usual.
Bit by bit, an inch at a time, with here a wolf bellying forward, and there a wolf bellying forward, the circle would narrow until the brutes were almost within springing distance.
As he gave up and stumbled inside his circle, a wolf leaped for him, missed, and landed with all four feet in the coals.