AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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JUPITER granted beards to the She-Goats at their own request, much to the disgust of the he-Goats, who considered this to be an unwarrantable invasion of their rights and dignities. So they sent a deputation to him to protest against his action. He, however, advised them not to raise any objections. " What's in a tuft of hair ? ' said he. ' Let them have it if they want it. They can never be a match for you in strength."
A LION, enfeebled by age and no longer able to procure food for himself by force, determined to do so by cunning. Betaking himself to a cave, he lay down inside and feigned to be sick : and whenever any of the other animals entered to inquire after his health, he sprang upon them and devoured them. Many lost their lives in this way, till one day a Fox called at the cave, and, having a suspicion of the truth, addressed the Lion from outside instead of going in, and asked him how he did. He replied that he was in a very bad way :
1 But," said he, ' why do you stand outside ? Pray come in." I should have done so," answered the Fox, ' if I hadn't noticed that all the footprints point towards the cave and none the other way."