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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE FOX WHO SERVED A LION
A LION had a Fox to attend on him, and whenever they went hunting the Fox found the prey and the Lion fell upon it and killed it, and then they divided it between them in certain proportions. But the Lion always got a very large share, and the Fox a very small one, which didn't please the latter at all; so he deter­mined to set up on his own account. He began by trying to steal a lamb from a flock of sheep : but the shepherd saw him and set his dogs on him. The hunter was now the hunted, and was very soon caught and despatched by the dogs.
Better servitude with safety than free­dom with danger.
THE QUACK DOCTOR
A CERTAIN man fell sick and took to his bed. He consulted a number of doctors from time to time, and they all, with one exception, told him that his life was in no immediate danger, but that his illness would probably last a considerable time. The one who took a different view of his case, who was also the last to be consulted, bade him prepare for the worst: You have not twentyfour hours to live," said he, ' and I fear I can do nothing." As it turned out, however, he was 202