The Snake and the Crab

065. THE SNAKE AND THE CRAB. There was a Familiarity Contracted betwixt a Snake and a Crab. The Crab was a Plain Dealing Creature, that Advis'd his Companion to give over Shuffling and Doubling, and to Practise Good Faith. The Snake went on in his old Way: So that the Crab finding that he would not Mend his Manners, set upon him in his Sleep, and Strangled him; and then looking upon him as he lay Dead at his Length: This had never befall'n ye, says he, if you had but liv'd as Straight as You Dy'd. THE MORAL. There's Nothing more Agreeable in Conversation, than a Frank, Open way of Dealing, and a Simplicity of Manners. (Sir Roger L'Estrange) [more info]

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