The Lion’s Sickness
When the lion became old and haggard and was unable to hunt his prey, he realized that he would have to resolve more to cunning and less to physical power. So he declared himself sick and retired to his den. Whenever anyone of his subjects came to pay a visit to him, he grabbed him and ate him up.
Then, one day, a fox came. But before entering the den she very carefully looked around and decided to remain at the entrance only.
“please come in, dear fox,” said the lion in a very mild tone.
“Thank you very much!” the fox said.” I would rather prefer to remain at the entrance only.”
“No formalities please, do come in, “ the lion said in a sweet voice.
“Thank you , very much,” said the fox. “ I can see so many footprints going, in , but not one which comes out.”
The lion had to go hungry that day.