Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 82. The Fox and the Goat (Perry
By an unlucky chance a Fox fell into a deep well from which he could
not get out. A Goat passed by shortly afterwards, and asked the Fox what
he was doing down there. "Oh, have you not heard?" said the
Fox; "there is going to be a great drought, so I jumped down here
in order to be sure to have water by me. Why don't you come down too?"
The Goat thought well of this advice, and jumped down into the well. But
the Fox immediately jumped on her back, and by putting his foot on her
long horns managed to jump up to the edge of the well. "Good-bye,
friend," said the Fox, "remember next time,
"Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties."
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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