There was a Thief who hired a room in a hotel
and stayed a while in the hope of stealing
something which should enable him to pay his
When he had waited some days uselessly, he saw
the Innkeeper dressed in a new and handsome coat
and sitting before his door.
The Thief sat down beside him and talked with
As the conversation began, the Thief yawned
terribly and at the same time howled like a
The Innkeeper said, "Why do you howl so
"I will tell you," said the Thief, "but first
let me ask you to hold my clothes, or I shall
tear them to pieces. I know not, sir, when I got
this habit of yawning, nor whether these attacks
of howling were inflicted on me as a judgment
for my crimes, or for any other cause; but this
I do know, that when I yawn for the third time,
I actually turn into a wolf and attack men."
With this speech he commenced a second fit of
yawning and again howled like a wolf, as he had
The Innkeeper. hearing his tale and believing
what he said, became greatly alarmed and, rising
from his seat, immediately run away.
The Thief laid hold of his coat and entreated
him to stop, saying, "Pray wait, sir, and hold
my clothes, or I shall tear them to pieces in my
fury, when I turn into a wolf."
At the same moment he yawned the third time
and set up a terrible howl.
The Innkeeper, frightened lest he should be
attacked, left his new coat in the Thief's hand
and ran as fast as he could into the inn for
The Thief made off with the coat and did not
return again to the inn.