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The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Fairy Tale

Published on August 15th, 2021 | Last updated on July 22nd, 2022 by | Category: English Short Stories | No Comments on The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Fairy Tale | 96 Views | Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – An English fairy tale from Aesop’s fables with vocabulary practice and podcast

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

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A certain wolf could not get enough to eat because of the watchfulness of the shepherds. But one night he found a sheep skin that had been cast aside and forgotten.

  • Watchfulness: alertness, attention
  • Cast aside: put aside, get rid of

The next day, dressed in the skin, the wolf strolled into the pasture with the sheep. Soon a little lamb was following him about and was quickly led away to slaughter.

  • Stroll: walk unhurriedly, wander, saunter
  • Pasture: land for grazing, meadow
  • Slaughter: killing, murder, butchery

That evening, the wolf entered the fold with the flock. But it happened that the shepherd took a fancy for mutton broth that very evening, and, picking up a knife, went to the fold.

  • Fold: a small indoor place to keep cattle
  • Flock: group of sheep
  • Mutton: meat of sheep

There, the first he laid hands on and killed was the wolf.

Related idiom or proverb

The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.

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