A robber and an alms-begging monk were pursuing their
way together when a tiger suddenly appeared from nowhere and pounced upon them.
The robber immediately drew a bow. The tiger, however, was not afraid and kept
closing in on them. As a last resort, the monk threw his alms book at the tiger,
which immediately fell back with fright and beat a hasty retreat.
"Pa," asked the tiger cub of its father," how come you were not
afraid of the robber and yet the monk gave you such a good scare?"
"Well," replied the tiger, " when the robber came up, I was
prepared to wrestle with him. But when the monk wanted to beg alms from me, how
was I going to bundle him off?"