The Sick Lion
A Lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known. The beasts expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion devoured them. After many of the beasts had thus disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and presenting himself to the Lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful distance, and asked him how he was. “I am very middling,” replied the Lion, “but why do you stand without? Pray enter within to talk with me.” “No, thank you,” said the Fox. “I notice that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning.”
The moral of the story is: He is wise who is warned by the misfortune of others.
- infirmity (noun): weakness
- artifice (noun): cleverness
- devour (verb): to eat quickly and fully
- middling (adjective): okay; neither good nor bad
- trace (noun): a small amount
The Sick Lion is one of the famous Aesop’s Fables. A “fable” is a short story, typically with animals as characters, telling a moral or lesson.
Read by: Tara Benwell
omar sierra says:
Its an esasy story to be understood. Good for children and adults trying to learn English. We can have more of these type of excellent teachings as for example the plot (setting,conflict and resolution) by means of questions….
buenarda la lectura
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Jahangir – There is nothing wrong with the story stylistically. It is fashioned from an ancient tale, thus retaining its flavour. In fact, in your version, you have grammatical errors.
I think the fable needs to be corrected stylistically.
THe like this: “An old Lion, being unable to hunt animals anymore, figured out a trick to catch and devour the other animals. Lying down in his den, he pretended to be sick and immovable and he let it be publicly known. The beasts, expressing their sorrow, and came one by one to his den where the Lion devoured them. “
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in this site, do you have an the long version from this story? I think the ending moment from this story it’s too fast appear. by the way, I interesting with this story
babita bhatia says:
In old age we did not unable for provide food for himself because in old age we have weakness that’s why we did not felt good and that time we felt very bad for us.