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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney





FOX who had fallen into a deep well was casting about to find how he should get out again. At length a Goat came to the place, and seeing Reynard, asked whether the water was good, and if there was plenty.

Hiding the real danger in his case, the Fox replied: "The best in the word, and so much of it that it cannot be exhausted. Come down and see." Whereupon the goat jumped down without more ado. Upon this the crafty Fox jumped upon her horns and nimble leaped out, remarking to the deluded Goat, "If you had brains to match your beard, you would have looked before you leaped."

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