The Lion and the Fox went hunting together. The
Lion, on the advice of the Fox, sent a message to the Ass,
proposing to make an alliance between their two families.
The Ass came to the place of meeting, overjoyed at the
prospect of a royal alliance. But when he came there the
Lion simply pounced on the Ass, and said to the Fox:
‘Here is our dinner for to-day. Watch you here while I go
and have a nap. Woe betide you if you touch my prey.’
The Lion went away and the Fox waited; but finding that
his master did not return, ventured to take out the brains
of the Ass and ate them up. When the Lion came back he
soon noticed the absence of the brains, and asked the Fox
in a terrible voice: ‘What have you done with the brains?’
‘Brains, your Majesty! it had none, or it would never
have fallen into your trap.’
Moral Lesson: Wit has always an answer ready.