THE FOX IN THE WELL
By Ramaswami Raju
A FOX fell into a well and was holding hard to some roots at
of it, just above the water. A Wolf, who was passing by, saw him,
said, "Hello, Reynard, after all you have fallen into a well!"
"But not without a purpose, and not without the means of
getting out of
it," said the Fox.
"What do you mean?" said the Wolf.
"Why," said the Fox, "there is a drought all over
the country now, and
the water in this well is the only means of appeasing the thirst
thousands that live in this neighborhood. They held a meeting,
requested me to keep the water from going down lower; so I am
it up for the public good."
"What will be your reward?" said the 'Wolf.
"They will give me a pension, and save me the trouble of
every day in quest of food, not to speak of innumerable other
privileges that will be granted me. Further, I am not to stay
day. I have asked a kinsman of mine, to whom I have communicated
secret of holding up the water, to relieve me from time to time.
course he will also get a pension, and have other privileges.
him here shortly."
"Ah, Reynard, may I relieve you, then? May I hope to get
a pension and
other privileges? You know what a sad lot is mine, especially
"Certainly," said the Fox; "but you must get a
long rope, that I may
come up and let you in.
So the Wolf got a rope. Up came the Fox and down went the wo1f,
the former observed, with a laugh, "My dear sir, you may
till doomsday, or till the owner of the well throws up your carcass,"
and left the place.