THE ASS, THE FOX, AND THE LION
AN ASS and a Fox had become
close comrades, and were constantly in each other's company.
While the Ass cropped a fresh bit
of greens, the Fox would devour
a chicken from the neighboring
farmyard or a bit of cheese filched
from the dairy. One day the pair,
unexpectedly met a Lion. The
Ass was very much frightened,
but the Fox calmed his fears.
"I will talk to him," he said.
So the Fox walked boldly up to the Lion.
"Your highness," he said in an
undertone, so the Ass could not
hear him, "I've got a fine scheme
in nay head. If you promise not
to hurt me, I will lead that foolish
creature yonder into a pit where
he can't get out, and you can feast
at your pleasure."
The Lion agreed and the Fox returned to the Ass.
"I made him promise not to
hurt us," said the Fox. "But
come, I know a good place to
hide till he is gone."
So the Fox led the Ass into
a deep pit. But when the Lion
saw that the Ass was his for the
taking. he first of all struck down
the traitor Fox.
Traitors may expect treachery.