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THE LION, THE MOUSE, AND THE FOX

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133. THE TRUMPETER TAKEN PRISONER

A trumpeter marched into battle in the van of the army and put courage into his comrades by his

warlike tunes. Being captured by the enemy, he begged for his life, and said, “Do not put me to death.

I have killed no one. Indeed, I have no weapons, but carry with me only my trumpet here.” But his

captors replied, “That is only the more reason why we should take your life; for, though you do not

fight yourself, you stir up others to do so.”



THE WOLF AND THE CRANE



134. THE WOLF AND THE CRANE

A wolf once got a bone stuck in his throat. So he went to a crane and begged her to put her long bill

down his throat and pull it out. “I’ll make it worth your while,” he added. The crane did as she was

asked and got the bone out quite easily. The wolf thanked her warmly and was just turning away,

when she cried, “What about that fee of mine?” “Well, what about it?” snapped the wolf, baring his

teeth as he spoke. “You can go about boasting that you once put your head into a wolfs mouth and

didn’t get it bitten off. What more do you want?”



135. THE EAGLE, THE CAT, AND THE WILD SOW

An eagle built her nest at the top of a high tree; a cat with her family occupied a hollow in the trunk

halfway down; and a wild sow and her young took up their quarters at the foot. They might have got

on very well as neighbors had it not been for the evil cunning of the cat. Climbing up to the eagle’s

nest, she said to the eagle, “You and I are in the greatest possible danger. That dreadful creature, the

sow, who is always to be seen grubbing away at the foot of the tree, means to uproot it, that she may

devour your family and mine at her ease.” Having thus driven the eagle almost out of her senses with

terror, the cat climbed down the tree, and said to the sow, “I must warn you against that dreadful bird,

the eagle. She is only waiting her chance to fly down and carry off one of your little pigs when you

take them out, to feed her brood with.” She succeeded in frightening the sow as much as the eagle.

Then she returned to her hole in the trunk, from which, feigning to be afraid, she never came forth by

day. Only by night did she creep out unseen to procure food for her kittens. The eagle meanwhile was

afraid to stir from her nest, and the sow dared not leave her home among the roots; so that in time both

they and their families perished of hunger, and their dead bodies supplied the cat with ample food for

her growing family.



136. THE WOLF AND THE SHEEP

A wolf was worried and badly bitten by dogs, and lay a long time for dead. By and by he began to

revive, and, feeling very hungry, called out to a passing sheep and said, “Would you kindly bring me

some water from the stream close by? I can manage about meat, if only I could get something to

drink.” But this sheep was no fool. “I can quite understand,” said he, “that if I brought you the water,

you would have no difficulty about the meat. Good morning.”



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