The Wolf and the Crane

26. THE WOLF AND THE CRANE. A Wolf, having a bone in his throat, hired a Crane, for a large reward, to put her head into his throat and draw out the bone. When the Crane had done what she had promised, and asked for payment, the Wolf, grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed, “Why! You have already been paid. I permitted you to draw your head out of my mouth without biting it off, as I might have done, had I chosen.” MORAL. When you serve the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains. [more info]

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