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The Sick Lion – English Fairy Tale with Podcast

Published on October 15th, 2021 | Last updated on July 22nd, 2022 by | Category: English Short Stories | No Comments on The Sick Lion – English Fairy Tale with Podcast | 98 Views | Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Sick Lion – English fairy tale with vocabulary practice and podcast for English learners

Source of story: Gutenberg Project at www.gutenberg.org

The Sick Lion

A lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice.

  • resolve to: make up one’s mind, decide

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.”

Related idioms & proverbs

He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.

Beard the lion in his den

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