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Fable Aesop
The Viper And The File
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A Viper, entering the workshop of a smith, sought from the
tools the means of satisfying his hunger. He more particularly
addressed himself to a File, and asked of him the favor of
a meal.

The File replied, "You must indeed be a simple-minded fellow
if you expect to get anything from me, who am accustomed
to take from everyone, and never to give anything in return."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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