A fox had fallen into a well and shouted for help.
A wolf came by and asked, "What's going on, fox?"
The fox replied, "Go get a rope and pull me out!"
"You poor thing!" said the wolf. "I feel so badly for you down there. It must be very cold. You're probably all wet! How did you manage to fall in?"
"This is no time for chit-chat," shouted the fox. "Go get the rope, pull me out, and then I'll tell you how I fell down here."
The moral: Don't waste words when someone in trouble needs your help.
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 64 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog; it is a fable from Abstemius.