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Be scared. You cant help that. But dont be afraid. Aint nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.

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Source Notes: Source: WILLIAM FAULKNER, The Bear, Saturday Evening Post, May 9, 1942, reprinted in Bear, Man, & God, Seven Approaches to William Faulkners The Bear, ed. Francis L. Utley, Lynn Z. Bloom, and Arthur F. Kinney, p. 157 . This edition includes the version of The Bear in Faulkners Go Down, Moses, where this passage appears with minor variations in wording and punctuation.

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