A Lion, greatly desiring to capture a Bull, and yet afraid to attack
him on account of his great size, resorted to a trick to ensure
his destruction. He approached the Bull and said, "I have slain a
fine sheep, my friend; and if you will come home and partake of
him with me, I shall be delighted to have your company."
The Lion said this in the hope that, as the Bull was in the act of
reclining to eat, he might attack him to advantage, and make
his meal on him. The Bull, on approaching the Lion's den, saw
the huge spits and giant caldrons, and no sign whatever of the
sheep, and, without saying a word, quietly took his departure.
The Lion inquired why he went off so abruptly without a word of
salutation to his host, who had not given him any cause for offense.
"I have reasons enough," said the Bull. "I see no indication whatever
of your having slaughtered a sheep, while I do see very plainly every
preparation for your dining on a bull."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)