The Fox and the Cat

: Aesop's Fables

A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping

its enemies. "I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which

contains a hundred ways of escaping my enemies."

"I have only one," said the Cat; "but I can generally manage

with that." Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of

hounds coming towards them, and the Cat immediately scampered up a

tree and hid herself in the boughs. "This is my plan," said the

Cat. "What are you going to do?" The Fox thought first of one

way, then of another, and while he was debating the hounds came

nearer and nearer, and at last the Fox in his confusion was caught

up by the hounds and soon killed by the huntsmen. Miss Puss, who

had been looking on, said:

"Better one safe way than a hundred on which

you cannot reckon."