~ 193. The Lion and the Rabbit ~

Every day, the lion demanded that the animals send him a victim to eat.
When the rabbit's turn came, he rebelled, and on the way he prayed, "God, help your tiny servant overthrow this tyrant."
"Why are you late?" the lion roared.
"Another lion tried to eat me along the way," said the rabbit. "I barely escaped."
"How dare he!" the lion exclaimed. "Take me to this villain!"
The rabbit took the lion to a well. "He lives here," said the rabbit.
The lion looked in and saw the lion. Enraged, he jumped in and drowned, attacking his own reflection.

Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry, 5.
Notes: This story also appears in the Indian Panchatantra: The Lion and the Rabbit.

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