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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 110)

Based on Λύκος καὶ κύων

Country of origin: Greece

Story type: The Lean Dog Prefers Liberty to Abundant Food and a Chain (ATU 201)


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The Wolf and the Housedog

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A WOLF, meeting a big well-fed Mastiff with a wooden collar about his neck asked him who it was that fed him so well and yet compelled him to drag that heavy log about wherever he went. "The master," he replied. Then said the Wolf: "May no friend of mine ever be in such a plight; for the weight of this chain is enough to spoil the appetite."