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If the animals leading the herd change, this happens because the collective will of all the animals is transferred from one leader to another, according to whether the animal is or is not leading them in the direction selected by the whole herd.
The sun makes the rocks dance in the heat, and the herd children hear one kite(never any more) whistling almost out of sight overhead, and they know that if they died, or a cow died, that kite would sweep down, and the next kite miles away would see him drop and follow, and the next, and the next, and almost before they were dead there would be a score of hungry kites come out of nowhere.
But the herd is heading a little this-a-way, and it behoves us to make ready for their visit.
And as for your life, it is forfeit to your eagerness to buy my herd of cattle so cheaply.
Swine, fool, swine,'' said the herd, ``every fool knows that.
Naked and unarmed, as I was, my end would have been both speedy and horrible at the hands of these cruel creatures had I had time to put my resolve into execution, but at the moment of the shriek each member of the herd turned in the direction from which the sound seemed to come, and at the same instant every particular snake-like hair upon their heads rose stiffly perpendicular as if each had been a sentient organism looking or listening for the source or meaning of the wail.
Great herds of swine from forest and glen were brought.
Presently we caught sight of the herd, which numbered, as Ventvogel had said, between twenty and thirty, standing in a hollow, having finished their morning meal, and flapping their great ears.
Verily, the crafty ego, the loveless one, that seeketh its advantage in the advantage of many--it is not the origin of the herd, but its ruin.
And if Hurton can't clean it up, you'd better get rid of the herd before it gets known around the country.
At sight of the white warrior who came upon them from down wind the herd halted in response to the warning cry of the sentinel that had discovered him.
Here goes," I said, stepping out; but I confess my heart was in my mouth as I thought of going through the heart of that monstrous herd.