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The Wolf and the Stork

"The Wolf and the Stork" is a classic fable from French folklorist, Jean de La Fontaine. This tale is centered around a cunning wolf and a selfless stork. The wolf, after getting a bone stuck in his throat, promises the stork a reward for removing it. However, once the bone is removed, the wolf reneges his promise. The story serves as a teaching lesson about deception and the potential consequences of breaking one's promises.

Genre: Fable

Submitted by davidb on September 28, 2023

Wolves are too prone to play the glutton. One, at a certain feast, 'tis said, Fell with such fury on his mutton, He gave himself quite up for dead, For in his throat a bone stuck fast. A Stork, by special stroke of luck, As he stood speechless, came at last. He beckoned, and she ran to aid, No whit afraid. A surgeon, and a very friend in need, She drew the bone out. For the cure she'd made She simply asked her fee. "Fie!" said the Wolf, "you jeer at me, My worthy gossip. Only see: What! is it not enough that, sound and safe, You drew your neck back from my gullet, My pretty pullet? You are ungrateful. Now, then, go; Beware, another time, my blow."
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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