The Wolf and the Crane


A wolf having a bone stuck in his throat promised a crane a large some of money to put her beak into his throat and draw out the bone. When the crane had got the bone out she asked for the promised pay. But the wolf grinning and grinding his teeth answered: "Why, you have already had good pay for what you have done, in being allowed to draw your head in safety from the mouth and jaws of a wolf.

"Well," thought the crane, "in serving the wicked do not look for any pay but be glad if you have the luck not to lose anything for you pains."