Here is another interesting moral tale involving three animals. We don’t know if this is an original story written by Tillie or her sister Dora. It may have also been just a school assignment in the practice of copying text provided by the teacher. I enjoyed the ending of this story very much and I think you will too!
Also – the “chamois” mentioned in this translation is a type of mountain goat, similar to an antelope, native to alpine regions.
Translation: Page 20, left side and top of Page 21, right side
The Hare and the Chamois
The times were difficult and famine and illness were hitting the animals of the wood. There was a skinny and ill hare and a tired deer lying exhausted by famine and pains. You can imagine the miserable things happening inside the animals’ lairs.
A very sensitive hare was deeply moved seeing such evils and cried day and night and prayed Heaven to end this cruel calamity.
A chamois with a less tender heart than the hare did not lose time in shedding tears for the common misfortune. It gathered a council and spoke very well about the need to solve the problem. Some animals were sent to various villages to ask for help, food and medicines. Other animals took care of the ill. The chamois watched and worked to be of advantage to the miserable and at the end he could have the joy to stop their suffering.
Girls, you must understand that when our fellow beings are unfortunate we must help them through concrete action and advice not just restricting yourself to useless compassion.
Castelfondo 19 April 1902
Once again, we extend our thanks to Loretta Cologna for her patience in translating Tillie’s Notebook.