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Fable Aesop
The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox
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A Lion, growing old, lay sick in his cave. All the beasts came to
visit their king, except the Fox. The Wolf therefore, thinking that
he had a capital opportunity, accused the Fox to the Lion of not
paying any respect to him who had the rule over them all and of
not coming to visit him. At that very moment the Fox came in and
heard these last words of the Wolf. The Lion roaring out in a rage
against him, the Fox sought an opportunity to defend himself and
said, "And who of all those who have come to you have benefited
you so much as I, who have traveled from place to place in every
direction, and have sought and learnt from the physicians the
means of healing you?"

The Lion commanded him immediately to tell him the cure, when
he replied, "You must flay a wolf alive and wrap his skin yet warm
around you."

The Wolf was at once taken and flayed; whereon the Fox, turning
to him, said with a smile, "You should have moved your master
not to ill, but to good, will."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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