Gateway to the Classics: The Book of Fables and Folk Stories by Horace E. Scudder
 
The Book of Fables and Folk Stories by  Horace E. Scudder

The Lion and the Fox

A Lion that had grown old, and had no more strength to forage for food, saw that he must get it by cunning. He went into his den and crept into a corner, and made believe that he was very sick.

Al the animals about came in to take a look at him, and as they came, he snapped them up. When a good many beasts had been caught in this way, the Fox, who guessed his trick, came along. He took his stand a little way from the den, and asked the Lion how he did.


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The Lion said he was very sick, and begged him to come into the den to see him.

"So I would," said the Fox, "but I notice that all the footprints point into the den, and none point out."


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