The Sick Lion
A lion, old and tired, couldn‘t provide himself with food anymore, so he resolved to do so by artifice.
He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known among all the animals. In fact, all the animals expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion ate them all. After many of the beasts had thus disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and, presenting himself to the Lion, stood outside the cave and asked him how he was.
“ I am very sick“
replied the Lion,
“ but why do you stand outside. Please come in so we can talk!“
“ No, thank you,“
said the Fox.
“ I notice that there are many footprints entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning.“
He who is wise is warned by the misfortune of others.