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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney





NCE upon a time the Elephant stood high in the good graces of the lion. The forest immediately began to talk of the matter, and, as usual, many guesses were made as to the means by which the Elephant had gained such favor.

"It is no beauty," say the beasts to each other, "and it is not amusing: and what habits it has! what manners!"

"If it had possessed such a bushy tail as mine, I should not have wondered," says the Fox.

Or, sister," says the Bear, "if it had gotten into favor on account of its claws, no one would have found the matter at all extraordinary; but it has no claws at all, as we all know well."

[203] "Isnít it its tusks that have gotten it into favor?" thus the Ox broke in upon their conversation. "Havenít they, perhaps, been mistaken for horns?"

Then said the Ass, shaking its ears, "Is it possible that you donít know how it has succeeded I making itself liked, and in becoming distinguished. Why, I have guessed the reason. If it hadnít been remarkable for its long ears, it would never in the world have gotten into favor."

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