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Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)

76. The Kid and the Wolf (Perry 98)

A KID standing on the roof of a house, out of harm's way, saw a Wolf passing by and immediately began to taunt and revile him. The Wolf, looking up, said, 'Sirrah! I hear thee: yet it is not thou who mockest me, but the roof on which thou art standing.'
Time and place often give the advantage to the weak over the strong.


George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project Gutenberg. Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google Books.