The Wolf and the Crane

082. THE WOLF AND THE CRANE. A wolf, after devouring his prey, happened to have a bone stuck in his throat, which gave him so much pain, that he went howling up and down, importuning every creature he met to lend him a kind hand in order to his relief: nay, he promised a reasonable reward to anyone that should undertake the operation with success.
At last the crane, tempted with the lucre of the reward, and having first procured him to confirm his promise with an oath, undertook the business, and ventured his long neck into the rapacious felon's throat. In short, he plucked out the bone, and expected the promised gratuity, when the wolf, turning his eyes disdainfully towards him, said: I did not think you had been so unconscionable; I had your head in my mouth, and could have bit it off whenever I pleased, but suffered you to take it away without any damage, and yet you are not contented. [more info]

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