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THE WOLF AND THE ASS
 AN ASS was feeding in a pasture near a wood when he saw a
Wolf lurking in the shadows along
the hedge. He easily guessed
what the Wolf had in mind, and
thought of a plan to save himself.
So he pretended he was lame,
and began to hobble painfully.
When the Wolf came up, he
asked the Ass what had made him
lame, and the Ass replied that
he had stepped on a sharp thorn.
"Please pull it out," he pleaded,
groaning as if inpain. "If
you do not, it might stick in
your throat when you eat me."
The Wolf saw the wisdom of
the advice, for he wanted to enjoy
his meal without any danger of
choking. So the Ass lifted up his
foot and the Wolf began to search
very closely and carefully for the
Just then the Ass kicked out
with all his might, tumbling the
Wolf a dozen paces away. And
while the Wolf was getting very
slowly and painfully to his feet,
the Ass galloped away in safety.
"Serves me right," growled the
Wolf as he crept into the bushes.
"I'm a butcher by trade, not a
Stick to your trade.