the bleating of the kid excites the tiger

The victim’s cries of distress stir up the predator; Kipling took the idea, in a story about schoolboys giving bullies a taste of their own medicine, from Francis Galton’s The Art of Travel (1855; ‘one of the forms had been studying that pleasant work’).

1899 KIPLING ‘Moral Reformers’ in Stalky & Co Ruffle his hair, Turkey. Now you get down, too. ‘The bleatin’ of the kid excites the tiger.’

1921 F. HAMILTON Here, There and Everywhere 13 I have a strong suspicion that the unhappy goats played a part..and that they were tethered in different parts of the jungle, for, as we all know, ‘the bleating of the kid excites the tiger.’

2006 Jewish Russian Telegraph 21 Feb. (online) Serial apologies too numerous to count, $50 million thrown to his tormentors in an attempt to make the issue go away..—none of this worked. It never works. On the contrary, once again the bleat of the lamb excited the tiger.


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