The Stag at the Pool

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The Stag at the Pool

A stag saw his shadow reflected in the water, and greatly admired the size of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having such weak feet. While he was thus contemplating himself, a Lion appeared at the pool. The Stag betook himself to flight, and kept himself with ease at a safe distance from the Lion, until he entered a wood and became entangled with his horns. The Lion quickly came up with him and caught him. When too late he thus reproached himself: "Woe is me! How have I deceived myself! These feet which would have saved me I despised, and I gloried in these antlers which have proved my destruction."What is most truly valuable is often underrated.

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Word Lists:

Underrate : underestimate the extent, value, or importance of (someone or something)

Antler : each of the branched horns on the head of an adult deer (typically a male one), which are made of bone and are grown and cast annually

Stag : a male deer.

Despise : feel contempt or a deep repugnance for

Reproach : address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment

Destruction : the action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired

Deceive : (of a person) cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage

Ease : absence of difficulty or effort


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