It scuttled past me out of the undergrowth near the Devil's Dyke and lay hid in the grass the far side of the golf-green.
Four lusty men, tending that green, forming square, then drove it into a cup in the ground, where one of them siezed it. half trampling it first with his heavy hoof.
When I got close, I saw a tiny rabbit scarce bigger than a guinea-pig, trembling in the large palm of the trampler: its little ears laid back and bright beady eves, wide-staring with fear, but otherwise unhurt.
"Well," I asked its captor, " and now what are you going to do with it?" I knew him well, for he often came for beer to my inn, where he drank and talked more than he ever listened; and I disliked, him intensely.
"Why, eat him of course," he rejoined, rudely, "what do you think? He'll make a juicy little pie."
I Iooked down at the future " juicy little pie." that exquisitely coloured and shaped ball of brown silk, took, it into my hand and, feeling its hammering heart, wondered however I was to save it.
I asked. " What do You want for it?"