The Lion The Wolf And The Fox
A Lion, growing old, lay sick in his cave. All the beasts came to
visit their king, except the Fox. The Wolf therefore, thinking that
he had a capital opportunity, accused the Fox to the Lion of not paying
any respect to him who had the rule over them all and of not coming
to visit him. At that very moment the Fox came in and heard these
last words of the Wolf. The Lion roaring out in a rage against him,
the Fox sought an opportunity to defend himself and said, "And who
of all those who have come to you have benefited you so much as I,
who have traveled from place to place in every direction, and have
sought and learnt from the physicians the means of healing you?' The
Lion commanded him immediately to tell him the cure, when he replied,
"You must flay a wolf alive and wrap his skin yet warm around you."
The Wolf was at once taken and flayed; whereon the Fox, turning to
him, said with a smile, "You should have moved your master not to
ill, but to good, will."