THE FROG AND THE MOUSE
 A YOUNG Mouse in search of
adventure was running along the
bank of a pond where lived a
Frog. When the Frog saw the
Mouse, he swam to the bank
"Won't you pay me a visit?
I can promise you a good time if
The Mouse did not need much
coaxing, for he was very anxious
to see the world and everything
in it. But though he could swim
a little, he did not dare risk going
into the pond without some help.
The Frog had a plan. He tied
the Moue's leg to his own with
a tough reed. Then into the pond
he jumped, dragging his foolish
companion with him.
The Mouse soon had enough
of it and wanted to return to
shore; but the treacherous Frog
had other plans. He pulled the
Mouse down under the water
and drowned him. But before
he could untie the reed that
bound him to the dead Mouse, a
Hawk came sailing over the pond.
Seeing the body of the Mouse
floating on the water, the Hawk
swooped down, seized the Mouse
and carried it off, with the Frog
dangling from its leg. Thus at
one swoop he had caught both
meat and fish for his dinner.
Those who seek to harm others often come
to harm themselves through their own deceit.
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