The Heron That Liked Crab-Meat

There was once a heron in a certain place on the edge of a pond. Being old, he sought an easy way of catching fish on which to live. He began by lingering at the edge of his pond, pretending to be quite uncertain how to act, not eating even the fish within his reach. Now among the fish lived a crab. He drew near and said: “Uncle, why do you neglect today your usual prey?” And the heron replied:...
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