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11 The comedian

12 The donkey adores

13 The disappointed fox

14 A ghost cures

15 the golden eggs

16 The camel copies

17 A gluttonous mouse

18 The hunter condemns

19 The sun plans

20 The bragging candle

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18. The Hunter Condemns a Traitorous Partridge

A hunter caught a partridge one fine day,
And the partridge screamed: Friend! let me get away
And I'll become your decoy and your slave
So you'll catch all the partridges that you crave!

YOU VILLAIN! said the hunter, Now you'll die
For not just one but two good reasons why.
The first: you are my favorite "recipe,"
And second: punishment for treachery.

MORAL: Once we betray our friend to save ourselves, only a fool would trust us in anything.

from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary



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