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A dog and a cock having struck up an acquaintance went out on their travels together. Nightfall found them in a forest, so the cock, flying up on a tree, perched among the branches, while the dog dozed below at the foot. As the night passed away and the day dawned, the cock, according to his custom, set up a shrill crowing.

A fox, hearing him and thinking to make a meal of him, came and stood under the tree and thus addressed him: “Thou art a good little bird and most useful to thy fellow creatures. Come down, then, that we may sing and rejoice together.”

The cock replied; “Go, my good friend, to the foot of the tree, and call the church elders to toll the bell.” But as the Fox went to call them, the dog jumped out in a moment, seized the fox, and made an end of him.

They who lay traps for others are often caught by their own bait.

What do you think the moral of The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox?

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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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