The Jackdaw and the Fox

: Aesop's Fables

A HALF-FAMISHED JACKDAW seated himself on a fig-tree, which had

produced some fruit entirely out of season, and waited in the

hope that the figs would ripen. A Fox seeing him sitting so long

and learning the reason of his doing so, said to him, "You are

indeed, sir, sadly deceiving yourself; you are indulging a hope

strong enough to cheat you, but which will never reward you with