Short Story - The Sick Lion and The Prudent Fox
When the lion was old and tired realised that, if he still wanted to get enough to eat, he would have to retort more to cunning and less to force. So he pretended to be sick and retired in his den. Then on every time one of his subjects came by, the lion would reach out with his paw, grab the visitor and ate him.
Thus came the fox’s turn, but the fox remained at the entrance.
‘Do come in, fox!’ said the lion cordially.
‘Thank you, but I would really rather not,’ the fox replied.
‘Although I can see so many footprints going in, I cannot see one which comes out!’ It is rightly said, “Well goes the case when wisdom counsels.”