The Viper and the File

: Aesop's Fables

A LION, entering the workshop of a smith, sought from the tools

the means of satisfying his hunger. He more particularly

addressed himself to a File, and asked of him the favor of a

meal. The File replied, "You must indeed be a simple-minded

fellow if you expect to get anything from me, who am accustomed

to take from everyone, and never to give anything in return."

The Lion and the Shepher

A LION, roaming through a forest, trod upon a thorn. Soon

afterward he came up to a Shepherd and fawned upon him, wagging

his tail as if to say, "I am a suppliant, and seek your aid." The

Shepherd boldly examined the beast, discovered the thorn, and

placing his paw upon his lap, pulled it out; thus relieved of his

pain, the Lion returned into the forest. Some time after, the

Shepherd, being imprisoned on a false accusation, was condemned

"to be cast to the Lions" as the punishment for his imputed

crime. But when the Lion was released from his cage, he

recognized the Shepherd as the man who healed him, and instead of

attacking him, approached and placed his foot upon his lap. The

King, as soon as he heard the tale, ordered the Lion to be set

free again in the forest, and the Shepherd to be pardoned and

restored to his friends.