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Horace Elisha Scudder


The Wolf and the Crane

A Wolf once had a bone stuck in his throat, and offered to pay the Crane well if she would thrust her long bill down and draw the bone out.

When she had done this, she asked for her pay. Then the Wolf laughed, and showed his teeth, and said:—

"Is it not enough for you that you have had your head in a Wolf's mouth, and have drawn it out again safely? What more do you want?"