When a Fox who had never yet seen a Lion, fell in with him by
chance for the first time in the forest, he was so frightened
that he nearly died with fear. On meeting him for the second
time, he was still much alarmed, but not to the same extent
as at first. On seeing him the third time, he so increased in
boldness that he went up to him and commenced a familiar
conversation with him.
Acquaintance softens prejudices.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)