Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 19. The Fox and the Stork (Perry
At one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting terms and seemed
very good friends. So the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and for a joke
put nothing before her but some soup in a very shallow dish. This the
Fox could easily lap up, but the Stork could only wet the end of her long
bill in it, and left the meal as hungry as when she began. "I am
sorry," said the Fox, "the soup is not to your liking."
"Pray do not apologise," said the Stork. "I hope you will
return this visit, and come and dine with me soon." So a day was
appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork; but when they were seated
at table all that was for their dinner was contained in a very long-necked
jar with a narrow mouth, in which the Fox could not insert his snout,
so all he could manage to do was to lick the outside of the jar.
"I will not apologise for the dinner," said the Stork:
"One bad turn deserves another."
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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