TROUBLE IN FABLE LAND
By JOHN WARDROP (15). Everyone was excited at the court of King Aesop of Fable Land, because information had come to hand that Fox, of had fled taking it with him. As the grapes had at last reached a large bunch and had ed, taking it with him. As the grapes belonged to a powerful wizard, who had a nasty habit of turning people to stones if they offended him, King Aesop had ordered that whoever caught the fox and recovered the grapes would be rewarded. Therefore the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing decided he would try to catch the culprit. Donning his sheep's skin, he set forth, hoping that the fox would mistake him for a sheep and come close enough for the wolf to capture him. Sure enough, the fox came across the wolf pretending to nibble grass. However, the wily fox noticed a hole in the sheep's skin which revealed the body of the -wolf. Pretending that he was unaware of the wolf's disguise, he sat down at a safe distance and said: "Hello, Mr. Sheep, would you like some fine grapes I happen to have?" "Certainly," replied the wolf, thinking that this would be a • good chance to recover the grapes as well as capture the fox. So he followed the fox, who led the way to a hollow log. Turning to the wolf, he said: "Here, my friend, in this end of the log you will find the grapes Help yourself." Walking over to the log, the wolf put his face in the log. With a yelp of pain, he jumped back, for the crafty fox had led him to a bees' nest instead of the grapes. Howling with agony, the unfortunate wolf ran for his life pursued by a swarm of angry bees and leaving the fox to gather the grapes and set off to find some quiet place where he could enjoy them in peace. Now all this had been witnessed by the raven, who had been fooled into losing a piece of cheese by the same fox who had stolen the grapes. "Here is a chance for revenge," she muttered as she followed him into a wood. At last
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TROUBLE IN FABLE LAND, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945
TROUBLE IN FABLE LAND Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945
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