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THE HARE AND HIS EARS
 THE LION had been badly hurt
by the horns of a Goat, which he
was eating. He was very angry
to think that any animal that
he chose for a meal, should be so
brazen as to wear such dangerous
things as horns to scratch him
while he ate. So he commanded
that all animals with horns
should leave his domains within
The command struck terror
among the beasts. All those who
were so unfortunate as to have
horns, began to pack up and move
out. Even the Hare, who, as you
know, has no horns and so had
nothing to fear, passed a very
restless night, dreaming awful
dreams about the fearful lion.
And when he came out of the
warren in the early morning
sunshine, and there saw the
shadow cast by his long and
pointed ears, a terrible fright
"Goodby, neighbor Cricket,"
he called. "I'm off. He will
certainly make out that my ears
are horns, no matter what I say."
Do not give your enemies the slightest reason to attack your reputation.
Your enemies will seize any excuse to attack you.