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THE BOY WHO CRIED "WOLF!"
HERE was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little
distance from the village. Once he thought he would
play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at
their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out,
with all his might:
"Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my
The kind villagers left their work and ran to the field
to help him. But when they got there the boy laughed at
them for their pains; there was no wolf there.
Still another day the boy tried the same trick, and the
villagers came running to help and were laughed at
Then one day a wolf did break into the fold and began
killing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran for
help. "Wolf! Wolf!" he screamed. "There is a wolf in
the flock! Help!"
The villagers heard him, but they thought it was
another mean trick; no one paid the least attention, or
went near him. And the shepherd-boy lost all his sheep.
That is the kind of thing that happens to people who
lie: even when they do tell the truth they will not be