~ 13. The Old Lion's Last Breath ~



The lion was worn out with sickness and old age. Now he was stretched out on the ground, about to draw his last breath.
The boar approached and stabbed the lion with his tusks. "That's for every time you did me wrong!"
Then the bull did the same with his horns. "It's payback time!" he bellowed.
Next came the donkey, who kicked the lion with his hooves. "I never thought I'd see this day!" he brayed.
"When I was strong," groaned the lion, "all the animals respected and feared me, but now even that wretched donkey treats me with contempt."

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 24 in the book, which is Perry 481.



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