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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 130)

Based on Σῦς ἄγριος καὶ ἀλώπηξ

Country of origin: Greece


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The Wild Boar and the Fox

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A WILD BOAR stood under a tree and rubbed his tusks against the trunk. A Fox passing by asked him why he thus sharpened his teeth when there was no danger threatening from either huntsman or hound. He replied, "I do it advisedly; for it would never do to have to sharpen my weapons just at the time I ought to be using them."