THE Hares once had a meeting to talk about their troubles in life.
"We are always being frightened to death," said their captain.
"Men and dogs and eagles and foxes keep us in such dread
that we never have any pleasure. It would be better to put an end
to our lives at once."
"Yes," said the others, "there is always something
to make us afraid and unhappy. So, let us put
an end to our lives at once."
And with that they all started on a fast run to the pond,
for they thought that they would jump off a rock into the water
and drown themselves.
Now it happened that several Frogs were sitting
on the bank, and when they heard the Hares coming through the grass
they were so frightened that they leaped one after another
into the water.
"Stop!" cried the captain of the Hares.
"Don't you see that the Frogs are afraid of us?
They are worse off than we. Let us live a little longer."