The Fox and the Cat

The fox and the cat were arguing about who was better prepared for the dangers of the world.
"I have a whole bag of tricks at my command," boasted the fox. "I must know a hundred tricks, or more."
"Well," said the cat, "I'm ashamed to admit that I know only one trick."
At that moment, they heard the hunter's dogs coming in their direction.
"My trick is this!" said the cat as she jumped into a tree.
From there she watched the dogs tear the fox to pieces. "And one sure trick is better than a hundred slippery ones."

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 374.
Notes: This is Perry 605.

Here is an illustration by Billinghurst:

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