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THE FOX AND THE RABBIT
NCE upon a time a fox and a rabbit were neighbors, and one
fine spring morning the fox asked the rabbit if he
would go hunting with him. The rabbit said, "I do not
think I can go with you to-day, as I shall be very
But when the fox had gone, the rabbit, who really had
nothing to do, sat in the sun and enjoyed the beautiful
morning air. After a while he spied the fox returning
from his hunt, and he thought out a scheme whereby he
might secure possession of the fox's game bag.
He went a little way into the forest, and lay down as
if he were dead. When the fox came up to him, he
touched him with his paw, and said to himself, "Here is
a ice fat rabbit for which I will presently return, and
add to my larder."
When the rabbit saw the fox go on, he got up, took a
short cut ahead of him, and lay down as before. Seeing,
as he supposed, another rabbit fast asleep, the fox
said to himself, "Fat rabbits seem to be very plentiful
this season; I will take his one home with me." Then he
thought he would go back and get the other one; so he
put his game-bag down on the grass by the stump of a
tree, and started back.
When the rabbit saw that he was alone, he took the bag
and hid it in a thick clump of bushes. Then he ran
behind a tree, and waited to see what would happen.
The fox returned with a disgusted look on his face. He,
a fox, had been fooled, and when he saw that his
 been taken, he became very angry
indeed. A cunning trick had been played upon him, and
he looked about to see if he could find the culprit.
The rabbit was very proud of the fact that he had
outwitted his neighbour, and, seeing the look of anger
and disgust on the fox's face, laughed so loudly that
he betrayed his hiding-place. Fortunately for him, his
burrow was close by, and he reached it only just in
time to escape the fox, who would have made short work
of him if he had caught him.
While the fox was watching for the rabbit to come out,
a boy passing by saw the game-bag in the clump of
bushes, and, picking it up, threw it over his shoulder,
and walked off with it. And so neither the fox nor the
rabbit had the game.