The Truce Of The Bear "The Bear That Walks Like A Man"
by Rudyard Kipling

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"The Bear That Walks Like A Man"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Each year, when the men go out to hunt, the white men are followed by Matun, the old blind beggar; and each year he relates the same story time and time again. When he was younger, in search of adventure, his path crossed that of Adam-zad, the Bear that "stands like a Man." Out of his pity for Adam-zad, who raised his paws like hands in supplication or prayer, Matun did not fire his musket. But in return Adam-zad struck Matun in the face, blinding and disfiguring him. In a wider sense, the poem is a warning against a foolish trust in others, and can be read as a political allegory.

Over and over the story, ending as he began:
"Make ye no truce with Adam-zad–the Bear
that walks like a Man!"