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Fable Aesop
The Weasel And The Mice
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A Weasel, inactive from age and infirmities, was not able to catch
mice as he once did. He therefore rolled himself in flour and lay
down in a dark corner. A Mouse, supposing him to be food, leaped
upon him, and was instantly caught and squeezed to death. Another
perished in a similar manner, and then a third, and still others after
them. A very old Mouse, who had escaped many a trap and snare,
observed from a safe distance the trick of his crafty foe and said,
"Ah! you that lie there, may you prosper just in the same proportion
as you are what you pretend to be!"

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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