Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 30. The Stag in the Ox-Stall (Perry
A Hart hotly pursued by the hounds fled for refuge into an ox-stall,
and buried itself in a truss of hay, leaving nothing to be seen but the
tips of his horns. Soon after the Hunters came up and asked if any one
had seen the Hart. The stable boys, who had been resting after their dinner,
looked round, but could see nothing, and the Hunters went away. Shortly
afterwards the master came in, and looking round, saw that something unusual
had taken place. He pointed to the truss of hay and said: "What are
those two curious things sticking out of the hay?" And when the stable
boys came to look they discovered the Hart, and soon made an end of him.
He thus learnt that Nothing escapes the master's eye.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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