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37 The Fox and the Stork At one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting terms and seemed very good friends. So the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and for a joke put nothing before her but some soup in a very shallow dish. This the Fox could easily lap up, but the Stork could only wet the end of her long bill in it, and left the meal as hungry as when she began. ” “Pray do not apologize,” said the Stork. ” So a day was appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork; but when they were seated at the table their dinner was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth, in which the Fox could not insert his snout.
When he came closer he saw it was a Serpent, apparently dead. But he took it up and put it in his jacket to warm while he hurried home. As soon as he got indoors he put the Serpent down on the hearth before the fire. The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again. Then one of them stooped down to stroke it, but the Serpent raised its head and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death. So the Woodman seized his axe and with one stroke cut the Serpent in two. ” No gratitude from the wicked.
50 The Dog and the Wolf A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. “Ah, Cousin,” said the Dog. “I knew your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. ” “I will easily arrange that for you,” said the Dog. ” So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog’s neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about. “Oh, it is nothing,” said the Dog.
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