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THE FROGS AND THE OX
AN OX came down to a reedy
pool to drink. As he splashed
heavily into the water, he crushed
a young Frog into the mud. The
old Frog soon missed the little
one and asked his brothers and
sisters what had become of him.
"A great big monster," said
one of them, "stepped on little
brother with one of his huge feet!"
"Big, was he!" said the old
Frog, puffing herself up. "Was
he as big as this?"
"Oh, much bigger!" they cried.
The Frog puffed up still more.
"He could not have been bigger than this," she said. But the
little Frogs all declared that the
monster was much, much bigger
and the old Frog kept puffing
herself out more and more until,
all at once, she burst.
Do not attempt the impossible.