THE WOLF AND THE CRANE
A WOLF had been feasting too
greedily, and a bone had stuck
crosswise in his throat. He could
get it neither up nor down, and of
course he could not eat a thing.
Naturally that was an awful state
of affairs for a greedy Wolf.
So away he hurried to the
Crane. He was sure that she,
with her long neck and bill, would
easily be able to reach the bone
and pull it out.
"I will reward you very handsomely," said the Wolf, "if you
pull that bone out for me."
The Crane, as you can imagine, was very uneasy about
putting her head in a Wolf's
throat. But she was grasping
in nature, so she did what the
Wolf asked her to do.
When the Wolf felt that the
bone was gone, he started to walk
"But what about my reward!"
called the Crane anxiously.
"What!" snarled the Wolf,
whirling around. "Haven't you
got it? Isn't it enough that I let
you take your head out of my
mouth without snapping it off?"
Expect no reward for serving the wicked.