The Fox without a Tail

17. THE FOX WITHOUT A TAIL. A FOX had had his tail docked off in a trap and in his disgrace began to think his life not worth living. It therefore occurred to him that the best thing he could do was to bring the other Foxes into the same condition and so conceal his own deficiency in the general distress. Having assembled them all together, he recommended them to cut off their tails, declaring that a tail was an ungraceful thing and further was a heavy appendage and quite superfluous. To this, one of them rejoined, "My good friend, if this had not been to your own advantage, you would never have advised us to do it." [more info]

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