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The Cunning Lion
A lion saw a fat bull feeding in the field, and his mouth watered when he thought of the royal feast he would make, but he did not dare to attack him, for he was afraid of his sharp horns.
Hunger, however, presently compelled him to do something. As the use of force did not promise success, the lion determined to resort to artifice.
Going up to the bull in friendly fashion, the lion said to him, "I cannot help saying how much I admire your magnificent figure. What a fine head! What powerful shoulders and thighs! But, my dear friend, what in the world makes you wear those ugly horns? You must find them as awkward as they are unsightly. Believe me, you would do much better without them."
The bull was foolish enough to be persuaded by this flattery to have his horns cut off, and having now lost his only means of defense, fell an easy prey to the lion.
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