The Cicada and the Fox
A cicada was singing at the top of a lofty tree.
A fox, who wanted to eat it, thought up the following trick. He took up his position opposite her, he admired her delightful singing and he invited her to come down. He said he would like to see the creature which possessed such a beautiful voice.
Suspecting the trap, the cicada tore off a leaf and let it fall. The fox pounced upon it, believing it was the cicada. ‘You are mistaken, friend,’ she said to him, ‘if you believed that I would come down. I have mistrusted foxes ever since the day when I saw the wings of a cicada in a fox’s droppings.’
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