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The Wolf and the Ass

The Wolf and the Ass is one of Aesop's classic fables, centering on a cunning wolf and a simple-minded ass. The story unfolds as the wolf tries to trick the ass into becoming his dinner via manipulation and deceit. However, the ass eventually discovers the wolf's wicked plans and is able to outsmart him, delivering a poignant message about understanding one's intentions and staying vigilant to fend off deception.

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An Ass was feeding in a pasture near a wood when he saw a Wolf lurking in the shadows along the hedge. He easily guessed what the Wolf had in mind, and thought of a plan to save himself. So he pretended he was lame, and began to hobble painfully. When the Wolf came up, he asked the Ass what had made him lame, and the Ass replied that he had stepped on a sharp thorn. "Please pull it out," he pleaded, groaning as if in pain. "If you do not, it might stick in your throat when you eat me." The Wolf saw the wisdom of the advice, for he wanted to enjoy his meal without any danger of choking. So the Ass lifted up his foot and the Wolf began to search very closely and carefully for the thorn. Just then the Ass kicked out with all his might, tumbling the Wolf a dozen paces away. And while the Wolf was getting very slowly and painfully to his feet, the Ass galloped away in safety. "Serves me right," growled the Wolf as he crept into the bushes. "I'm a butcher by trade, not a doctor." Stick to your trade.
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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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