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THE GNAT AND THE LION. Aesop

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Aesop's Fable "THE GNAT AND THE LION". Illustration by Arthur Rackham


A Gnat once went up to a Lion and said, "I am not in the least afraid of you: I don′t even allow that you are a match for me in strength. What does your strength amount to after all? That you can scratch with your claws and bite with your teeth—just like a woman in a temper—and nothing more. But I′m stronger than you: if you don′t believe it, let us fight and see." So saying, the Gnat sounded his horn, and darted in and bit the Lion on the nose. When the Lion felt the sting, in his haste to crush him he scratched his nose badly, and made it bleed, but failed altogether to hurt the Gnat, which buzzed off in triumph, elated by its victory. Presently, however, it got entangled in a spider′s web, and was caught and eaten by the spider, thus falling a prey to an insignificant insect after having triumphed over the King of the Beasts.

THE GNAT AND THE LION by Aesop. Arthur Rackham illustration

THE GNAT AND THE LION by Aesop. Arthur Rackham illustration

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