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Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.)  Fables.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The Fox and the Mosquitoes
 
 
A FOX after crossing a river got its tail entangled in a bush, and could not move. A number of Mosquitoes seeing its plight settled upon it and enjoyed a good meal undisturbed by its tail. A hedgehog strolling by took pity upon the Fox and went up to him: “You are in a bad way, neighbour,” said the hedgehog, “shall I relieve you by driving off those Mosquitoes who are sucking your blood?”  1
  “Thank you, Master Hedgehog,” said the Fox, “but I would rather not.”  2
  “Why, how is that?” asked the hedgehog.  3
  “Well, you see,” was the answer, “these Mosquitoes have had their fill; if you drive these away, others will come with fresh appetite and bleed me to death.”  4
 

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