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Akela's offer

"And you don't care about your promises?" said Bagheera, and he showed his white teeth. "You really are the Free People!"

"No man can live with the people of the jungle," said Shere Khan. "Give him to me!"

"He is not a wolf, but in every other way he is our brother," Akela said, "and you want to kill him here! I have lived too long. Some of you kill cows. I have heard that Shere khan has taught some wolves to go and steal children from outside their houses when the night is dark. Because of this I know you are cowards, and I am speaking to cowards. I know that I must die, and my life is worth nothing. If my life was worth something, I would let you kill me instead of Mowgli.