The Fox and the Crane

: Aesop's Fables

A FOX invited a Crane to supper and provided nothing for his

entertainment but some soup made of pulse, which was poured out

into a broad flat stone dish. The soup fell out of the long bill

of the Crane at every mouthful, and his vexation at not being

able to eat afforded the Fox much amusement. The Crane, in his

turn, asked the Fox to sup with him, and set before her a flagon

with a long narrow mouth, so that he could easily insert his neck

and enjoy its contents at his leisure. The Fox, unable even to

taste it, met with a fitting requital, after the fashion of her

own hospitality.