Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 74. The Ass's Brains (Perry
The Lion and the Fox went hunting together. The Lion, on the advice of
the Fox, sent a message to the Ass, proposing to make an alliance between
their two families. The Ass came to the place of meeting, overjoyed at
the prospect of a royal alliance. But when he came there the Lion simply
pounced on the Ass, and said to the Fox: "Here is our dinner for
to-day. Watch you here while I go and have a nap. Woe betide you if you
touch my prey." The Lion went away and the Fox waited; but finding
that his master did not return, ventured to take out the brains of the
Ass and ate them up. When the Lion came back he soon noticed the absence
of the brains, and asked the Fox in a terrible voice: "What have
you done with the brains?"
"Brains, your Majesty! it had none, or it would never have fallen
into your trap."
Wit has always an answer ready.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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