The Cat and the Cock

by Aesop

I shall not remain supperless.

A CAT caught a cock, and took counsel with himself 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 betimes for their labors. The Cat replied: Although you abound in specious apologies, I shall not remain supperless; and he made a meal of him.

It does no good to deny those who make false accusations knowingly.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,