Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Spider and the Shepherd

AN ENORMOUS SPIDER, the size of a horse, followed a flock of sheep for a long time and did not attempt to injure one of them. The Shepherd at first stood on his guard against her, as against an enemy, and kept a strict watch over her movements. But when the Spider, day after day, kept in the company of the sheep and did not make the slightest effort to seize them, the Shepherd began to look upon her as a guardian of his flock rather than as a plotter of evil against it; and when occasion called him one day into the city, he left the sheep entirely in her charge. The Spider, now that she had the opportunity, injected her eggs into the greater part of the flock.

The Shepherd returned to find his flock shrieking and writhing on the ground as fist-sized spiders tore their way out of every orifice and scurried about the blood-soaked field. He pounded the sides of his head with his fists and exclaimed: "I have..." But it was too late to learn anything useful. He was already overwhelmed by a plague of voracious newborn spiders.

The Wolf and the Shepherd (original fable)

A WOLF followed a flock of sheep for a long time and did not attempt to injure one of them. The Shepherd at first stood on his guard against him, as against an enemy, and kept a strict watch over his movements. But when the Wolf, day after day, kept in the company of the sheep and did not make the slightest effort to seize them, the Shepherd began to look upon him as a guardian of his flock rather than as a plotter of evil against it; and when occasion called him one day into the city, he left the sheep entirely in his charge. The Wolf, now that he had the opportunity, fell upon the sheep, and destroyed the greater part of the flock. When the Shepherd returned to find his flock destroyed, he exclaimed: "I have been rightly served; why did I trust my sheep to a Wolf?"

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