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The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox

"The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox" is a fable by Aesop that tells the story of teamwork and deception. A lion, an ass, and a fox become hunting companions. The lion, being the king, instructs the others to divide the spoils. The ass divides it equally for them all, angering the lion who then kills him. The fox, learning from this, gives everything to the lion, thus saving his life. The story emphasizes the importance of understanding one's circumstances and adapting to survive.

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A Lion, an Ass, and a Fox were hunting in company, and caught a large quantity of game. The Ass was asked to divide the spoil. This he did very fairly, giving each an equal share. The Fox was well satisfied, but the Lion flew into a great rage over it, and with one stroke of his huge paw, he added the Ass to the pile of slain. Then he turned to the Fox. "You divide it," he roared angrily. The Fox wasted no time in talking. He quickly piled all the game into one great heap. From this he took a very small portion for himself, such undesirable bits as the horns and hoofs of a mountain goat, and the end of an ox tail. The Lion now recovered his good humor entirely. "Who taught you to divide so fairly?" he asked pleasantly. "I learned a lesson from the Ass," replied the Fox, carefully edging away. Learn from the misfortunes of others.
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Aesop

Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller and fabulist, known for his collection of fables. His fables often featured animals as characters and conveyed moral lessons or wisdom through short narratives. Some of his most famous fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Grapes." These timeless stories continue to be widely read and adapted to this day. more…

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