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Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.)  Fables.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The Dog and the Wolf
 
 
A GAUNT Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. “Ah, Cousin,” said the Dog. “I knew how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly given to you?”  1
  “I would have no objection,” said the Wolf, “if I could only get a place.”  2
  “I will easily arrange that for you,” said the Dog; “come with me to my master and you shall share my work.”  3
  So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog’s neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about.  4
  “Oh, it is nothing,” said the Dog. “That is only the place where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes a bit, but one soon gets used to it.”  5
  “Is that all?” said the Wolf. “Then good-bye to you, Master Dog.”
        “BETTER STARVE FREE THAN BE A FAT SLAVE.”
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