THE FROG AND THE SNAKE
A SNAKE and a frog were friends in a pond.
The snake taught the frog to hiss, and the
frog taught the snake to croak. The snake
would hide in the reeds and croak. The
frogs would say, "Why, there is one of
us," and come near. The snake would
then dart at them, and eat all he could
seize. The frog would hide in the reeds
and hiss. His kin would say, "Why, there
is the snake," and keep off.
After some time, the frogs found out the
trick of the snake, and took care not to
come near him. Thus the snake got no
frogs to eat for a long time; so he seized
his friend to gobble him up.
The frog then said, though too late, "By
becoming your friend, I lost the company
of my kindred, and am now losing my life.
One's neck to fate one has to bend, when one
would make so bad a friend!"