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Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, but just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up. ” It is easy to despise what you cannot get. 56 The Horse, Hunter, and Stag A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the Stag. ” The Horse agreed to the conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him.
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. 36 The Bald Man and the Fly There once was a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer’s day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, stinging him from time to time.
And then he said: “I’m sure the Ox is not as big as…” but at that very moment he burst. Self-conceit may lead to selfdestruction. 43 Androcles and the lion A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it and was causing all the pain.