Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 28. The Dog and the Wolf (Perry
A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog
who was passing by. "Ah, Cousin," said the Dog. "I knew
how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why
do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly given to
"I would have no objection," said the Wolf, "if I could
only get a place."
"I will easily arrange that for you," said the Dog; "come
with me to my master and you shall share my work."
So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there
the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog's neck was
very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about.
"Oh, it is nothing," said the Dog. "That is only the place
where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes a
bit, but one soon gets used to it."
"Is that all?" said the Wolf. "Then good-bye to you, Master
Better starve free than be a fat slave.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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