Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
36. AN ASS AND A WOLF (Perry 187)
An Ass had got a Thorn in’s Foot, and for want of a better Surgeon, who
but a Wolf at last to draw it out with his Teeth! The Ass was no sooner
eas’d, but he gave his Operator such a Kick under the Ear with his sound
Foot for his Pains, that he stunn’d him, and so went his way.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. Harm watch, Harm catch, is but according
to the common Rule of Equity and Retaliation, and a very warrantable Way
of deceiving the Deceiver.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.