Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
86. THE WOLF, THE FOX AND THE GIFT
Perry 345 (Babrius
A fox was standing not far from a trap, pondering every possible approach.
A nearby wolf noticed the fox and approached her. He then asked the fox
if he might be allowed to take the meat, and the fox replied, 'Go ahead
and help yourself! You're welcome to it, seeing as you are one of my very
dearest friends.' The wolf rushed up without a moment's hesitation and
as he learned forward over the trap he released the trigger so that the
rod sprang free, striking his snout and forehead. 'If this is the sort
of gift you give you to your friends,' said the wolf, 'why would anyone
ever want to be your friend?'
Note: For a similar trick played by the fox on the monkey, see Fable
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.