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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

120. A DOG AND A WOLF (Perry 134)

A Wolf took a Dog napping at his Master's Door, and when he was just about to worry him, the poor Creature begg'd hard only for a Reprieve. Alas (says he) I'm as lean at present as Carrion; but we have a Wedding at our House within these two or three Days, that will plump me up you shall see with good Chear. Pray have but patience till then, and when I'm in a little better Case, I'll throw my self in the very Mouth of ye. The Wolf took his word, and so let him go; but passing some few Days after by the same House again, he spy'd the Dog in the Hall, and bad him remember his Promise. Hark ye, my Friend, says the Dog, whenever you catch me asleep again on the wrong Side of the Door, never trouble your Head to wait for a Wedding.
THE MORAL. Experience works upon many Brutes more than upon some Men. They are not to be gull'd twice with the same Trick; and at the worst, a bad shift is better than none.

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