The Mother and the Wolf

by Aesop

Be quiet, or I will throw you out of the window, and the Wolf shall eat you.

A FAMISHED WOLF was prowling about in the morning in search of food. As he passed the door of a cottage built in the forest, he heard a Mother say to her child: Be quiet, or I will throw you out of the window, and the Wolf shall eat you. The Wolf sat all day waiting at the door. In the evening he heard the same woman fondling her child and saying: He is quiet now, and if the Wolf should come, we will kill him. The Wolf, hearing these words, went home, gaping with cold and hunger.

He is quiet now, and if the Wolf should come, we will kill him.

Moral:
Be not in haste to believe what is said in anger or thoughtlessness.

Source:

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