The Lion in Love





A LION demanded the daughter of a woodcutter in marriage. The

Father, unwilling to grant, and yet afraid to refuse his request,

hit upon this expedient to rid himself of his importunities. He

expressed his willingness to accept the Lion as the suitor of his

daughter on one condition: that he should allow him to extract

his teeth, and cut off his claws, as his daughter was fearfully

afraid of both. The Lion cheerfully assented to the proposal.

But when the toothless, clawless Lion returned to repeat his

request, the Woodman, no longer afraid, set upon him with his

club, and drove him away into the forest.





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