~ 160. The Farmer and the Lion ~



A lion found his way into a farmer's stable, and the farmer, hoping to capture the lion, closed the stable door.
When the lion was shut in with no way out, he went wild. First he tore the sheep to pieces, and then he turned his attention to the cows.
The farmer, afraid that the lion might eventually attack him too, opened the door and let him go.
"It's your own fault!" said his wife. "You should be afraid of a lion even from a distance, so why on earth did you shut him up inside your very own stable?"

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 14 in the book, which is Perry 144.


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