4004. I want to describe what happened next but it made almost no sense. Later the Rooster explained it to me, and so it is possible to give some explanation. The Fowler had dropped his axe and although he was unhurt, he was confused and incapacitated for a moment.
4005. It was a perfect moment for the two of them to escape into the woods. It certainly was unnecessary for Otis to hector the Rooster with arguments about why he should go off into the unknown with a wild wolf.
4006. What better argument is there for an old Rooster, set in his ways, to change his way of life, even to do something reckless and unheard of, what better argument, I say, that an axe raised up above your neck?