‘Ay, roar well,’ said Bagheera, under his whiskers; ‘for the time comes when this naked thing will make thee roar to another tune, or I know nothing of Man.’
‘It was well done,’ said Akela. ‘Men and their cubs are very wise. He may be a help in time.’
‘Truly, a help in time of need; for none can hope to lead the Pack for ever,’ said Bagheera.
Akela said nothing. He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up—to be killed in his turn.
‘Take him away,’ he said to Father Wolf, ‘and train him as befits one of the Free People.’
And that is how Mowgli was entered into the Seeonee Wolf-Pack at the price of a bull and on Baloo’s good word.
Everyman Edition of The Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book in Digital Form
Links of Interest
Neil Gaiman, Graveyard Book