Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 64. The Fox and the Mosquitoes (Perry
A Fox after crossing a river got its tail entangled in a bush, and could
not move. A number of Mosquitoes seeing its plight settled upon it and
enjoyed a good meal undisturbed by its tail. A hedgehog strolling by took
pity upon the Fox and went up to him: "You are in a bad way, neighbour,"
said the hedgehog; "shall I relieve you by driving off those Mosquitoes
who are sucking your blood?"
"Thank you, Master Hedgehog," said the Fox, "but I would
"Why, how is that?" asked the hedgehog.
"Well, you see," was the answer, "these Mosquitoes have
had their fill; if you drive these away, others will come with fresh appetite
and bleed me to death."
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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