The Dog and the Shadow

11. THE DOG AND THE SHADOW. There was a vain and greedy young Dog, who, coming near a certain Shallow Stream called Fashionable Society, saw therein the mere shadow and reflection of a tempting prize (the more so, that he conceived it the property of a luckier Dog than himself), in snapping at which he opened his mouth so eagerly and so foolishly as to cause to fall away from him a rare possession of the same kind which was his own, and which was all he could have desired for his heart's content, but which his lips were never allowed to touch more.
MORAL. Many a fool who has sense enough to get a good wife, lacks the wit to know it. [more info]

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