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"Let me tell you the most beautiful story I know.
A man was given a dog, which he loved very much.
The dog went with him everywhere,
but the man could not teach it to do anything useful.
The dog would not fetch or point,
it would not race or protect or stand watch.
Instead the dog sat near him and regard him,
always with the same inscrutable expression.
'That's not a dog, it's a wolf,' said the man's wife.
'He alone is faithful to me,' said the man,
and his wife never discussed it with him again.
One day the man took his dog with him into his private airplane
and as they flew over high winter mountains,
the engines failed
and the airplane was torn to shreds among the trees.
The man lay bleeding,
his belly torn open by blades of sheared metal,
steam rising from his organs in the cold air,
but all he could think of was his faithful dog.
Was he alive? Was he hurt?
Imagine his relief when the dog came padding up
and regarded him with that same steady gaze.
After an hour the dog nosed the man's gaping abdomen,
then began pulling out intestines and speen and liver and gnawing on
them,
all the while studing the man's face.
'Thank God,' said the man.
'At least one of us will not starve.' "
from The God Whispers of Han Qing-Jao

It's the quote which begins Chapter 3 of Children of the Mind
by Orson Scott Card. Comments please on the story itself, as presented
(you need not have read the novel it is in or any previous).
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techaholic From: techaholic Date: December 14th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
unconditional love for a man's best friend
bannanna From: bannanna Date: December 14th, 2003 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* unconditional love to the point of self-sacrifice.
suri From: suri Date: December 14th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Show me a cat that would do the same.

Also, I've heard that this was the true basis for the so-called cannibalism in the Donner party.
pinkeffigy From: pinkeffigy Date: December 14th, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
His dog was faithful, and he didn't forget that even in his last moments. There is much to be said of faithfulness, both in animals and in humans. I have heard the story used before in a religious setting.
not_hothead_yet From: not_hothead_yet Date: December 15th, 2003 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
The dog was being its true self. THe man romanticized the dog. So long as the man was happy with his notion, that's nice. Personally, I am not one to anthropomorphize animals. It's fun trying to imagine what they are thinking or saying (which I do all the time) but I don't believe it anymore than I believe cartoon versions of humans.
adric From: adric Date: December 15th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, thanks all.

I figured the wolf was planning to eat him all along, and was just being patient waiting for the feast.

I was reminded of the scorpion and frog crossing the river story (may have animals wrong), where at the end, the sropion stings the frog, and reminds him "Hey, I'm still a scorpion, stupid."
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