The Fox and the Stork

012. THE FOX AND THE STORK. The fox invited the stork to dinner, and being disposed to divert himself at the expense of his guest, provided nothing for the entertainment but a soup, in a wide, shallow dish. This himself could lap up with a great deal of ease; but the stork, who could but just dip in the point of his bill, was not a bit the better all the while.
However, in a few days after, he returned the compliment, and invited the fox; but suffered nothing to be brought to table but some minced meat in a glass jar, the neck of which was so deep, and so narrow, that though the stork with his long bill made a shift to fill his belly, all that the fox, who was very hungry, could do, was to lick the brims, as the stork slabbered them with his eating.
Reynard was heartily vexed at first; but when he came to take his leave, owned ingenuously that he had been used as he deserved, and that he had no reason to take any treatment ill, of which himself had set the example. [more info]

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