AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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but he begged to be allowed to explain his absence, and said, ' Not one of them cares for you so much as I, sire, for all the time I have been going round to the doctors and trying to find a cure for your illness." " And may I ask if you have found one ? '' said the Lion. I have, sire," said the Fox, ' and it is this : you must flay a Wolf and wrap yourself in his skin while it is still warm." The Lion accordingly turned to the Wolf and struck him dead with one blow of his paw, in order to try the Fox's prescription ; but the Fox laughed and said to himself, That's what comes of stirring up illwill."
HEN Hercules was received among the gods
and was entertained at a banquet by Jupiter, he responded courteously to the greetings of all with the exception of Plutus, the god of wealth. When Plutus approached him, he cast his eyes upon the ground, and turned away and pretended not to see him. Jupiter was surprised at this conduct on his part, and asked why, after having been so cordial with all the other gods, he had behaved like that to Plutus. ' Sire," said Hercules, ' I do not like Plutus, and I will tell you why. When we were on earth together I always noticed that he was to be found in the company of scoundrels."