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THE DONKEY, THE FOX, AND THE LION

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.

THE DONKEY, THE FOX, AND THE LION

"A Keuleman's Common Fox" by St. George Jackson is in the public domain

The Donkey and the Fox, having entered into partnership together for their mutual protection, went out into the forest to hunt.

They had not proceeded far when they met a Lion.

The Fox, seeing imminent danger, approached the Lion and promised to contrive for him the capture of the Donkey if the Lion would pledge his word not to harm the Fox.

Then, upon assuring the Donkey that he would not be injured, the Fox led him to a deep pit and arranged that he should fall into it.

The Lion, seeing that the Donkey was secured, immediately clutched the Fox, and attacked the Donkey at his leisure.

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Additional Information:

Rating: C

Words: 1168

Unique Words : 63

Sentences : 5

Reading Time : 0:28

Noun : 27

Conjunction : 12

Adverb : 8

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 2

Pronoun : 10

Verb : 21

Preposition : 11

Letter Count : 471

Sentiment : Neutral

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 24

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