The Boar and the Ass

102. THE BOAR AND THE ASS. A little scoundrel of an ass happening to meet with a boar, had a mind to be arch upon him. “And so, brother,” says he, “your humble servant.” The boar, somewhat nettled at this familiarity, bristled up to him and told him he was surprised to hear him utter so impudent an untruth, and was just going to show his noble resentment, by giving him a rip in the flank; but, wisely stifling his passion, he contented himself with only saying, “Go, you sorry beast! I could be amply and easily revenged of you, but I do not care to foul my tusks with the blood of so base a creature.” [more info]

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