The Two Fellows and the Bear

: Aesop's Fables

Two Fellows were travelling together through a wood, when a

Bear rushed out upon them. One of the travellers happened to be

in front, and he seized hold of the branch of a tree, and hid

himself among the leaves. The other, seeing no help for it, threw

himself flat down upon the ground, with his face in the dust. The

Bear, coming up to him, put his muzzle close to his ear, and

sniffed and sniffed. But at last with a growl he shook his head

and slouched off, for bears will not touch dead meat. Then the

fellow in the tree came down to his comrade, and, laughing, said

"What was it that Master Bruin whispered to you?"

"He told me," said the other,

"Never trust a friend who deserts you at a pinch."