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When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger continued . . 62 while it saw the ants distributing corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity. ” “I am contented with my lot,” said the Reed. ” sneered the Tree. ” But it soon had to repent of its boasting, for a hurricane arose which tore it up from its roots and cast it a useless log on the ground, while the little Reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

Obscurity often brings safety. 64 The Fox and the Cat A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. ” At that very moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds coming towards them, and the Cat immediately scampered up a tree and hid herself in the boughs. “This is my plan,” said the Cat. ” The Fox thought first of one way, then of another, and while he was debating the hounds came nearer and nearer, and at last the Fox in his confusion was caught up by the hounds and soon killed by the continued .

Nothing escapes the master’s eye. 55 The Fox and the Grapes One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the thing to quench my thirst,” said the Fox. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, but just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up.

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