Tuesday, September 14, 2010

L'Estrange: A Wolf and a Crane

A Wolf had got a Bone in’s Throat, and could think of no better Instrument to ease him of it, than the Bill of a Crane; so he went and treated with a Crane to help him out with it, upon condition of a very considerable Reward for his Pains. The Crane did him the good Office, and then claim’d his Promise. Why how now Impudence! (says t’other) Do you put your head into the Mouth of a Wolf, and then, when you’ve brought it out again safe and sound, do you talk of a Reward? Why Sirrah, you have your Head again, and is that not a sufficient Recompence.

One good Turn, they say, requires another: But yet he that has to do with wild Beasts (as some Men are no better) and comes off with a whole Skin, let him expect no other Reward.

Source: L'Estrange 8.
Lupus et Grus

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