The King and the Grasshopper

The King and Grasshopper were friends.
"Come to my village," the King said, "and enjoy the feast!"
So Grasshopper went. A great feast had been prepared, but the people said,  "This isn't for you, Grasshopper! Go away!"
Grasshopper climbed the village gate and waited.
The next day, when the King passed through the gate, Grasshopper jumped down on his neck. CHOP! He pierced the King with the spikes of his right arm. CHOP! Again with the left arm.
"That's to remind you of your broken promise!" shouted Grasshopper, and then he flew away.
Beware: those you mistreat will seek revenge.



Inspired by: "Grasshopper and Bush-king" in Folktales from Liberia (Journal of American Folklore) by Richard C. Bundy, 1919.
Notes: You can read the original story online. The story is told as a moral lesson inside a frametale which you can see at the original story.

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