The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox

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."

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