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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Swollen Fox

A very hungry Fox, seeing some bread and meat left by shepherds
in the hollow of an oak, crept into the hole and made a hearty meal.
When he finished, he was so full that he was not able to get out,
and began to groan and lament his fate. Another Fox passing by
heard his cries, and coming up, inquired the cause of his complaining.
On learning what had happened, he said to him, "Ah, you will have to
remain there, my friend, until you become such as you were when you
crept in, and then you will easily get out."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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