4167. Soon the tree was full of a complete extended family of crows, and not long after that another tree began to fill up with a flock of pigeons. The pigeons and the crows, as is their usual habit, were engaged in one of their countless disputes.
4168. I can’t tell you what the dispute was about. When two or three birds get in an argument, it is possible to follow along, but when thousands are involved it is about as coherent as the roar of the crowd in a stadium.
4169. Suddenly there was complete silence and the silence commanded the attention of Otis and the Rooster in a way no amount of cawing could accomplish. They both sat up to see what the silence was all about.
4170. The crows and the pigeons had elected one each of their members to approach Otis with a request. They addressed their request to the wolf, ignoring the Rooster because a rooster is a bird and so they held him in no account.