There was a sturdy ram1
with a pair of thick horns upright on its head.
about proudly and saw a fence built with bamboo and wood in front, which blocked its way. It cast a sidelong glance at the fence, lowered its neck and lunged at the fence, hoping to knock it down. The fence remained intact but the ram injured its own horns.
If it had not injured its horns, the ram would have persisted obstinately3
against the fence, even against the spokes5
of a wheel until it bled with a fractured skull6
As a result, with its horns caught in the fence, the ram could neither advance nor retreat but bleat7