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A cat, hearing that a hen was laid up sick in her nest, paid her a visit of condolence. Creeping up to her the cat said, “How are you, my dear friend? What can I do for you? What are you in want of? Only tell me, if there is anything in the world that I can bring you; but keep up your spirits, and don’t be alarmed.” “Thank you,” said the hen, “be good enough to leave me, and I have no fear but I shall soon be well.”

Unbidden guests are often the most welcome when they are gone.

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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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