The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter
“You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together
To make up a year
And a sphere. And I think it no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I’m not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry;
I’ll not deny you make A very pretty squirrel track,
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Answer the follewing questions:
(1) Why does the mountain call the squirrel ‘little prig”?
(ii) What qualities of the mountain does the squirrel appreciate ?
(iii) What tasks is the mountain unable to perform?
(iv) Do you like the squirrel’s reasoning? why?