The Lion and the Fox went hunting together. The Lion, on
the advice of the Fox, sent a message to the Ass, proposing
to make an alliance between their two families. The Ass
came to the place of meeting, overjoyed at the prospect of
a royal alliance. But when he came there the Lion simply
pounced on the Ass, and said to the Fox: ‘Here is our dinner
for to-day. Watch you here while I go and have a nap. Woe
betide you if you touch my prey.’ The Lion went away and
the Fox waited; but finding that his master did not return,
ventured to take out the brains of the Ass and ate them up.
When the Lion came back he soon noticed the absence of
the brains, and asked the Fox in a terrible voice: ‘What have
you done with the brains?’
‘Brains, your Majesty! it had none, or it would never have
fallen into your trap.’
Wit has always an answer ready.