The Lion in Love


It happened in the days of old that a lion fell in love with a woodman's daughter and had the folly to ask for her hand. Not much pleased but loath to displease so big a brute the woodman hit upon this plan: "I feel flattered with your choice but Gracious Sir, what great teeth and claws you have!" Where is the damsel that would not be frightened of them? You must have your teeth drawn and your claws pared before you ask for my daughter." The lion did as he was asked and the woodman no longer standing in awe of the beast seized a cudgel and drove the lion from his door.