A goat was standing up on a high rock, and a wolf noticed her there.
"There's no grass up there on that rock," the wolf shouted. "Look down here: there's so much nice grass! You should come down here and enjoy a nice meal."
The goat just laughed at him.
"If I come down there," she shouted back, "you are the one who would be enjoying a nice meal, not me. We'll both just have to stay hungry!"
And so the wise goat stayed up there on that rock until the wolf went somewhere else to look for his supper.
Inspired by: Mille 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 322 in the book, which is Perry 157. Sometimes the story is told about a lion instead of a wolf.
(illustration by Rackham)