The Cat and the Cock
A CAT caught a Cock, and pondered how he might find a reasonable excuse for eating him. "Would you have me starve?" he asked.
"I would rather not be eaten," replied the Cock cautiously.
"So you would rather have me suffer," the Cat posited.
"Surely other creatures could satisfy you," the Cock said trembling.
"I'd look around for one right now. But I fear you would use the distraction to escape. You see, part of the problem is... you can't be trusted," the Cat growled putting one eye up to the Cock's face. "Can you?"
"Kind sir," said the Cock despondently, "please stop playing with your food."
The Cat and the Cock (original fable)
A CAT caught a Cock, and pondered how he might find a reasonable excuse for eating him. He accused him of being a nuisance to men by crowing in the nighttime and not permitting them to sleep. The Cock defended himself by saying that he did this for the benefit of men, that they might rise in time for their labors. The Cat replied, "Although you abound in specious apologies, I shall not remain supperless'; and he made a meal of him.