The Wolf and the Lamb

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The Wolf and the Lamb

A Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea, which should justify to the Lamb himself his right to eat him. He then addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was not then born." Then said the Wolf: "You feed in my pasture." "No, good sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the Wolf: "You drink off my well." "No," exclaimed the Lamb, "I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me." On which the Wolf seized him, and ate him up, saying: "Well! I won't remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations."The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny, and it is useless for the innocent to try by reasoning to get justice, when the oppressor intends to be unjust.

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Word Lists:

Text : a book or other written or printed work, regarded in terms of its content rather than its physical form

Bleat : (of a sheep, goat, or calf) make a characteristic wavering cry

Imputation : a charge or claim that someone has done something undesirable; an accusation

Astray : away from the correct path or direction

Refute : prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false; disprove

Pretext : a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason

Mournful : feeling, expressing, or inducing sadness, regret, or grief

Plea : a request made in an urgent and emotional manner

Tyrant : a cruel and oppressive ruler

Tyranny : cruel and oppressive government or rule


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