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A gentleman, having prepared a great feast, invited a friend to supper. The gentleman’s dog, upon meeting the friend’s dog, said, “Come, my good fellow, and have super with us tonight.”

The dog was delighted with the invitation, and as he stood by and saw the preparation for the feast, he said to himself, “Capital fare indeed! This is, in truth, good luck. I shall revel in dainties, and I will take good care to lay in an ample stock tonight, for I may have nothing to eat tomorrow.”

As he said this to himself, he wagged his tail and gave a sly look at his friend who had invited him. But his tail wagging to and fro caught the cook’s eye, who seeing a stranger, straightway seized him by the legs and threw him out of the window.

When the dog reached the ground, he set off yelping down the street, upon which the neighbors’ dogs ran up to him, and asked him how he liked his supper. With a sorry smile he said, “I hardly know, for we drank so deep that I can’t even tell you which way I got out of the house.”

They who enter by the back stairs may expect to be shown out at the window.

What do you think was the moral of The Dog Invited to Supper?

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

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