The Shepherd's Boy

155. THE SHEPHERD’S BOY. A certain shepherd's boy kept his sheep upon a common, and, in sport and wantonness, would often cry out, “The wolf! the wolf!” By this means he several times drew the husbandmen in an adjoining field from their work, who, finding themselves deluded, resolved for the future to take no notice of his alarm. Soon after, the wolf came indeed; the boy cried out in earnest; but no heed being given to his cries, the sheep were devoured by the wolf. [more info]

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