The Wolf and the Fox

: Aesop's Fables

AT ONE TIME a very large and strong Wolf was born among the

wolves, who exceeded all his fellow-wolves in strength, size, and

swiftness, so that they unanimously decided to call him "Lion."

The Wolf, with a lack of sense proportioned to his enormous size,

thought that they gave him this name in earnest, and, leaving his

own race, consorted exclusively with the lions. An old sly Fox,

seeing this, said, "May I never make myself so ridiculous as you

do in your pride and self-conceit; for even though you have the

size of a lion among wolves, in a herd of lions you are

definitely a wolf."