The Frog And The Snake

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

A Snake and a Frog were friends in a pond. The Snake taught the Frog to

hiss, and the Frog taught the Snake to croak. The Snake would hide in

the reeds and croak. The Frogs would say, "Why, there is one of us," and

come near. The Snake would then dart at them, and eat all he could

seize. The Frog would hide in the reeds and hiss. His kin would say,

"Why, there is the Snake," and keep off.

After some time, the Frogs found out the trick of the Snake, and took

care not to come near him. Thus the Snake got no Frogs to eat for a long

time; so he seized his friend to gobble him up.

The Frog then said, though too late, "By becoming your friend, I lost

the company of my kindred, and am now losing my life." One's neck to

fate one has to bend, when one would make so bad a friend!