The Fox and The Crow
A crow is sitting in a tree with a piece of cheese
in its beak.
A passing fox would like to eat the cheese and tries
and then trick the crow to bring the cheese down
or drop it.
The crow does not fall for this, so the fox tries
The fox tells the crow how lovely his feathers are,
and how fine-looking his head.
Then, the fox says how much he would like to hear
the crow sing.
Tricked by the flattery, the crow opens his beak
dropping the cheese to the ground, where the fox
gobbles it up.
(Don't fall for flattery)
The Fox and the Grapes
One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard
untill he came to a bunch of grapes just ripening
on a vine
which had been trained over a lofty branch.
"Just the thing to quench my thirst,"
Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump,and
just missed the bunch.
Turning round again with a one, two, three, he jumped
up, but with no greater success.
Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel,
but at last had to give it up,
and walked away with his nose in the air, saying:
"I am sure they are sour."
(It is easy to despise what you cannot get).
The Fox and the Goat
A fox had fallen into a well and had been casting about for
a long time how he should get out again.
At length a goat came to the place and, wanting
asked the fox whether the water was good and if
there was plenty of it.
The fox, avoiding the real danger of his case, replied,
"Come down, my friend; the water is so good
that I cannot drink enough of it,
and so abundant that it cannot be exhausted."
Upon this the goat without any more ado leaped in.
The fox, taking advantage of his friend's horns,
nimbly leaped out and coolly remarked to the poor
"If you had half as much brains as you have
beard, you would have looked before you leaped."
(Look before you leap).
The Fox without a Tail
A fox being caught in a trap was glad to save his neck by
leaving his tail behind him.
Upon coming abroad into the world, he began to be
so sensible of the disgrace such a defect
would bring upon him, that he almost wished he had
died rather than come away without it.
Resolving to make the best of a bad matter, he called a meeting
of the rest of the foxes
and proposed that all should follow his example.
"You have no notion," said he, "of
the ease and comfort with which I now move about:
I could never have believed it if I had not tried
But really, when one comes to reason upon it, a
tail is such an ugly, inconvenient,
unnecessary appendage, that the only wonder is that,
as foxes, we could have put up with it so long.
I propose, therefore, my worthy brethren, that you
all profit by the experience that I am most willing to afford
and that all foxes from this day forward cut off
Upon this one of the oldest stepped forward and said,
"I rather think, my friend, that you would
not have advised us to part with our tails,
if there were any chance of recovering your own."