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Lion in Love

Lions Head SketchA Lion loved the daughter of a woodcutter and demanded her hand in marriage. The Father, unwilling to grant, and yet afraid to refuse his request, hit upon this expedient to rid himself of his difficulties.

He expressed his willingness to accept the Lion as the suitor of his daughter on one condition: that the Lion allowed the Father to extract his teeth, and cut off his claws, as his daughter was fearfully afraid of both. The Lion cheerfully agreed to the proposal.

But when the toothless, clawless Lion returned to repeat his request, the Woodman, no longer afraid, set upon him with his club, and drove him away into the forest.

Moral: Don’t give away an essential part of yourself for the sake of love.

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The Lioness

A controversy prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number of whelps at a birth.

They rushed clamorously into the presence of the Lioness and demanded her to the settlement of the dispute.  “And you,” they said, “how many sons have you at a birth?’  The Lioness laughed at them, and said: “Why! I have only one; but that one is altogether a thoroughbred Lion.”

Moral: The value is in the worth, not in the number.

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The Lion, the Mouse, and the Fox

A Lion, tired by the summer’s heat, fell fast asleep in his den. A Mouse ran over his mane, nose and ears and woke him from his slumber. The Lion rose up and shook himself in great wrath, and searched every corner of his den to find the Mouse.

A Fox seeing the Lion so put out by the Mouse said: “A fine Lion you are, to be frightened of a Mouse.”

“It’s not that I’m afraid of the Mouse,” said the Lion; “I resent his familiarity and ill-breeding.”

Moral: Little liberties may be great offenses.

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The Lion in Love

A Lion was in love with the daughter of a woodcutter. One day he went to the woodcutter and asked for her hand in marriage.

The Father, unwilling to grant, and yet afraid to refuse his request, thought of an excellent idea to rid himself of his dilemna.

He expressed his willingness to accept the Lion as the suitor of his daughter on one condition: that the Lion allowed the woodcutter to extract his teeth, and cut off his claws, as the woodcutter’s daughter was terribly afraid of both.

The Lion cheerfully agreed to the proposal. But when the toothless, clawless Lion returned to repeat his request, the Woodman, no longer afraid, set upon him with his club, and drove him away into the forest.

Moral: Think before you put yourself into someone else’s power.

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The Lioness

A controversy prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number of children at a birth.

The animals rushed clamorously into the presence of the Lioness and demanded from her the settlement of the dispute.

“And you,” they said, “how many children do you give birth to at one time?”

The Lioness laughed at them, and said: “Why! I have only one; but that one is a thoroughbred Lion.”

Moral: It is quality, not quantity that counts.

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