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Indian Fables by  Ramaswami Raju

The Farmer and the Fox

A farmer one morning noticed the footprints of some quadruped in his field, and said to a fox, "Reynard, my field was entered last night by some beast with four legs. Can you tell me which?"

"I am sorry I can't," said the fox, "but I know who can."

"Who is it?" said the farmer.

"There is a fish in the sea," said the fox, "that hath two fins; if you should ask him, he may tell you."

"What a silly reply!" said the farmer.

"Not more silly than the query," said the fox, as he retreated to the wood.

Consider twice before you put a question to a sly person.

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