Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Weasel and the Mice

A WEASEL, inactive from age and infirmities, was not able to catch mice as he once did. He therefore rolled himself in flour and lay down in a dark corner. A Mouse, supposing him to be food, leapt upon him, and was instantly caught and squeezed to death. Another perished in a similar manner, and then a third, and still others after them.

A very old Mouse, who had escaped many a trap and snare, observed from a safe distance the trick of his crafty foe. He alerted the survivors to the danger and advised them to avoid it. So there the weasel starved until the stench of death compelled the mice to avoid the area much longer than they had planned.

The Weasel and the Mice (original fable)

A WEASEL, inactive from age and infirmities, was not able to catch mice as he once did. He therefore rolled himself in flour and lay down in a dark corner. A Mouse, supposing him to be food, leaped upon him, and was instantly caught and squeezed to death. Another perished in a similar manner, and then a third, and still others after them. A very old Mouse, who had escaped many a trap and snare, observed from a safe distance the trick of his crafty foe and said, "Ah! you that lie there, may you prosper just in the same proportion as you are what you pretend to be!"

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