The Over-Fed Fox

22. THE OVER-FED FOX. A fox was hungry. Seeing, in the hollow of a tree, some bread and meat left there by a shepherd, he slipped through the hole into the tree and feasted merrily. Having devoured everything, he was about to come out, when he discovered that through overeating he had grown too plump and fat to squeeze back through the hole. Upon this he started to howl wofully. Another fox who was passing heard the noise and came to ask what was the matter. When the imprisoned fox told his sad tale, the other said, "Patience, my friend, time cures all misfortunes. The only thing for you to do is to stay where you are until you become as lean as you were when you entered. Then you will be able to slip out easily." [more info]

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