“The Lion And The Panther”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Lion And The Panther

ONCE on a time, in ancient days, the Lion maintained a very long contest with the Panther about certain disputed forests, valleys, and caves. To go to law about their rights — this was not in accordance with their characters ; for, in matters relating to law, the strong are often blind. For such affairs they have their own rule, — “Who conquers is right.” But at last, that they might not eternally squabble, with claws ever becoming more blunt, our heroes determined to submit their dispute to law. Their intention was to put an end to their fighting, to settle all hostilities, and then, as is customary, to conclude a peace which should last uninterrupted — until the next quarrel.

” Let us each choose a secretary at once,” proposes the Panther to the Lion, ” and decide according as the two secretaries shall advise. I, for instance, will choose the Cat. It is not a very good-looking little animal ; but, then, its conscience is clear. But do you, for your part, nominate the Ass, for it belongs to a distinguished order in the state ; and, to tell the truth, you will have in it a very enviable beast. Trust me as a friend in this. All your court and council together are scarcely worth its hoof. Let us accept whatever arrangements it and my Cat may make.”

And the Lion sanctioned the first part of the Panther’s scheme without opposition ; only he chose the Fox, instead’ of the Ass, to represent him in the discussion, saying to himself, after so doing,

•’Truly, there is but little good to be gained from him whom an enemy recommends.”

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