Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 34. The Fox and the Lion (Perry
When first the Fox saw the Lion he was terribly frightened, and ran
away and hid himself in the wood. Next time however he came near the King
of Beasts he stopped at a safe distance and watched him pass by. The third
time they came near one another the Fox went straight up to the Lion and
passed the time of day with him, asking him how his family were, and when
he should have the pleasure of seeing him again; then turning his tail,
he parted from the Lion without much ceremony.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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