The Fox and the Goat

12. THE FOX AND THE GOAT. A Fox having fallen into a well could find no means of escape, when a Goat coming to quench his thirst, and seeing the Fox, asked him if the water was good. The Fox replied that it was excellent and advised him to descend.
The Goat jumped down, when the Fox informed him of the sad fix they both were in, and suggested a way of escape for them both. “If you will place your forefeet against the wall, and incline your head, I will run up your back and then help you out.
The Goat assented to this, and the Fox, reaching the top of the well scampered off as fast as he could. The Goat reproached him for his want of honesty, when he turned around and cried out, "You old dunce, if you had as many brains as you have hairs in your beard you never would have gone down before examining the way back."
MORAL. It is always best to look before you leap. [more info]

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