Once upon a time, in a nice little forest

Once upon a time, in a nice little forest, there lived a blind little bunny and a blind little snake.

One day, the bunny was hopping through the forest, and the snake was slithering through the forest when the bunny tripped over the snake and fell down. This, of course, knocked the snake about quite a bit.

“Oh, my,” said the bunny, “I’m terribly sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I’ve been blind since birth, so, I can’t see where I’m going. In fact, I don’t even know what I am.”

“It’s quite okay,” replied the snake. “Actually, my story is much the same as yours. I, too, have been blind since birth. Tell you what, maybe I could kinda slither over you, and figure out what you are, so at least you’ll have that going for you.”

“Oh, that would be wonderful,” replied the bunny. So the snake slithered all over the bunny, and said, “Well, you’re covered with soft fur, you have really long ears, your nose twitches, and you have a soft cottony tail. I’d say that you must be a bunny.”

“Oh, thank you! Thank you,” cried the bunny in obvious excitement. The bunny suggested to the snake, “Maybe I could feel you with my paw, and help you the same way you’ve helped me.”

So the bunny felt the snake all over, and remarked, “Well, you’re scaly and smooth, and you have a forked tongue, no backbone, and no balls. I’d say you must be either a politician, an attorney or possibly someone in upper management.”

Colaboração: Geraldo Goulart

Vocabulary Help

  • actually – na verdade, de fato
  • at least – ao menos
  • attorney – advogado
  • backbone – espinha dorsal
  • birth – nascimento
  • blind – cego
  • bunny – coelhinho
  • ear – orelha
  • figure out – descobrir, desvendar
  • forked tongue – língua bifurcada
  • hop – pular, saltitar
  • hurt – ferir, machucar
  • nice – bonita, legal, bacana
  • nose – nariz
  • paw – pata
  • remark – observar
  • reply, replied – responder
  • scaly – escamoso
  • slither – rastejar
  • smooth – macia
  • snake – serpente, cobra
  • soft cottony tail – cauda macia e algodoada
  • soft fur – pelagem macia
  • trip over – tropeçar em alguma coisa
  • twitch – franzir
  • upper management – alta gerência
  • wonderful – maravilhoso