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The fox and the cat.
A story from the Fables of Aesop.
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A FOX was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its
enemies. "I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which contains a
hundred ways of escaping my enemies."
"I have only one," said the Cat; "but I can generally manage with
that." Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds
coming toward them, and the Cat immediately scampered up a tree and hid
herself in the boughs. "This is my plan," said the Cat. "What are you
going to do?"
The Fox thought first of one way, then of another, and
while he was debating the hounds came nearer and nearer, and at last
the Fox in his confusion was caught up by the hounds and soon killed by
the huntsmen. Miss Puss, who had been looking on, said:
"BETTER ONE SAFE WAY THAN A HUNDRED
ON WHICH YOU CANNOT