The Fox And The Wood-cutter

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A Fox, running before the hounds, came across a Wood-cutter felling an

oak, and besought him to show him a safe hiding-place. The Wood-cutter

advised him to take shelter in his own hut. The Fox crept in and hid

himself in a corner. The huntsman came up with his hounds, in a few

minutes, and inquired of the Wood-cutter if he had not seen the Fox. He

declared that he had not seen him, and yet pointed, all the time he was

speaking, to the hut where the Fox lay hid. The huntsman took no notice

of the signs, but, believing his word, hastened forward in the chase. As

soon as they were well away, the Fox departed without taking any notice

of the Wood-cutter: whereon he called to him, and reproached him,

saying, "You ungrateful fellow, you owe your life to me, and yet you

leave me without a word of thanks." The Fox replied, "Indeed, I should

have thanked you fervently, if your deeds had been as good as your

words, and if your hands had not been traitors to your speech."