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A Lesson In Wisdom (A Georgian Fairy Tale)

A bear, A wolf ‘n A fox once met ‘n began complaining of how they were often obliged to go hungry for so long that the got cramps in their bellies. They bewailed their sad lot,they talked it all over ‘n decided to live as brothers. From now on,they said,we shall share whatever food comes our way. Thus resolved,they embraced in true brotherly fashion,vowed to be faithful to one another ‘n together set out to hunt for prey.

They walked along,looking out for something to pounce upon,’n after a while came upon a young wounded deer. Killing it off on the spot,they seated themselves in the shade on the grass ‘n began dividing their booty.

Said the bear to the wolf whose jaws were stiff from gnashing his teeth in hunger: “Come, Wolf, u divide the deer among us.” “Very well,” the wolf agreed. “The head will go to u,bear,u being our lord ‘n master,the body to me,’n the legs to the fox,since she is so fleet of foot.”

But the wolf had not finished before the bear struck him such a blow on the head with his paw that the mountains rang with the sound of it.

The wolf gave a howl of pain ‘n fell in a heap. ‘n the bear turned to the fox ‘n said: “N now,mistress fox,u divide the deer.”

The fox,who was very sly,rose ‘n said in flattering tones: “The deer’s head is yours by right,bear,for u ar our lord ‘n master; the deer’s body is yours,for u hv always cared for us like a father; ‘n the deer’s legs are yours too,for u hv ever stepped forward to benefit us.”

“U are clever indeed, mistress fox,” said the bear.

“Whoever taught u this very wise ‘n sensible way of viding booty?” “How could I help learning wisdom,my lord” the fox replied.

“I hv watched u giving the wolf a lesson!”


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