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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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tremendous crow. Now, if there is one thing that frightens a Lion, it is the crowing of a Cock : and this one had no sooner heard the noise than he fled. The Ass was mightily elated at this, and thought that, if the Lion couldn't face a Cock, he would be still less likely to stand up to an Ass : so he ran out and pursued him. But when the two had got well out of sight and hearing of the Cock, the Lion suddenly turned upon the Ass and ate him up.
False confidence often leads to disaster.
THE BELLY AND THE MEMBERS
"HE Members of the Body once rebelled against the Belly. " You," they said to the Belly, " live in luxury and sloth, and never do a stroke of work ; while we not only have to do all the hard work there is to be done, but are actually your slaves and have to minister to all your wants. Now, we will do so no longer, and you can shift for yourself for the future." They were as good as their word, and left the Belly to starve. The result was just what might have been expected : the whole Body soon began to fail, and the Members and all shared in the general collapse. And then they saw too late how foolish they had been.
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