THE FOX WITHOUT A TAIL
 A FOX that had been caught in
a trap, succeeded at last, after
much painful tugging, in getting
away. But he had to leave his
beautiful bushy tail behind him.
For a long time he kept away
from the other Foxes, for he knew
well enough that they would all
make fun of him and crack jokes
and laugh behind his back. But
it was hard for him to live alone,
and at last he thought of a plan
that would perhaps help him out
of his trouble.
He called a meeting of all
the Foxes, saying that he had
something of great importance
to tell the tribe.
When they were all gathered
together, the Fox Without a Tail
got up and made a long speech
about those Foxes who had come
to harm because of their tails.
This one had been caught
by hounds when his tail had
become entangled in the hedge.
That one had not been able to
run fast enough because of the
weight of his brush. Besides, it
was well known, he said, that
men hunt Foxes simply for their
tails, which they cut off as prizes
of the hunt. With such proof of
the danger and uselessness of
having a tail, said Master Fox,
he would advise every Fox to cut
it off, if he valued life and safety.
When he had finished talking,
an old Fox arose, and said, smiling:
"Master Fox, kindly turn
around for a moment, and you
shall have your answer."
When the poor Fox Without
a Tail turned around, there arose
such a storm of jeers and hooting,
that he saw how useless it was
to try any longer to persuade the
Foxes to part with their tails.
Do not listen to the advice of him
who seeks to lower you to his own level.
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