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Fable Aesop
The Dog And The Cook
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A Rich Man gave a great feast, to which he invited many friends
and acquaintances. His Dog availed himself of the occasion to
invite a stranger Dog, a friend of his, saying, "My master gives
a feast, and there is always much food remaining; come and sup
with me tonight."

The Dog thus invited went at the hour appointed, and seeing the
preparations for so grand an entertainment, said in the joy of his
heart, "How glad I am that I came! I do not often get such a
chance as this. I will take care and eat enough to last me both
today and tomorrow."

While he was congratulating himself and wagging his tail to convey
his pleasure to his friend, the Cook saw him moving about among
his dishes and, seizing him by his fore and hind paws, bundled him
without ceremony out of the window. He fell with force upon the
ground and limped away, howling dreadfully. His yelling soon
attracted other street dogs, who came up to him and inquired how
he had enjoyed his supper.

He replied, "Why, to tell you the truth, I drank so much wine that
I remember nothing. I do not know how I got out of the house."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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