The Wolf and The Fox

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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 of 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.
 
The Dog, the Rooster and the Fox
A Dog and a Rooster, traveling together, took shelter at night in a thick wood. The Rooster perched himself on a high branch, while the Dog found a bed at the foot of the tree. When morning dawned, the Rooster, as usual, crowed very loudly. A Fox, hearing the sound, and wishing to make a breakfast on him, came and stood under the branches, saying how earnestly he desired to make the acquaintance of the owner of so sweet a voice.
"If you will admit me," said he, "I should very much like to spend the day with you."
The Rooster said: "Sir, do me the favor to go round and wake up my porter, that he may open the door, and let you in." On the Fox approaching the tree, the Dog sprang out and caught him and quickly tore him in pieces.
Those who try to entrap others are often caught by their own schemes.

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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

Porter : a person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railroad station, airport, or hotel.

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

Perch : a thing on which a bird alights or roosts, typically a branch or a horizontal rod or bar in a birdcage

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