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A farmer, during a severe winter, being shut up by the snow in his farmhouse, and sharply pressed for food, which he was unable to get out to procure, began consuming his own sheep. As the hard weather continued, he next ate up his goats. And at last? for there was no break in the weather?he began to eat the oxen.

Upon this, the dogs said to one another, “Let us be off, for since the master, as we see, has had no pity on the working oxen, how is it likely he will spare us?”

When our neighbor’s house is on fire, it is time to look to our own.

What do you think the moral of The Farmer and the Dogs?

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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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