THE BITTERN AND THE MUSSEL
"If you don't open your shell to-day, if you don't open your shell to-morrow, there will be a dead Mussel."
The shell-fish said in reply:
"If you don't take your beak out to-day, if you don't take your beak out to-morrow, there will be a dead Bittern."
But as neither could make up its mind to loose its hold upon the other, a fisherman, who happened to come that way, seized the pair of them and carried them off for his dinner.
(Translated from the Chinese by C. Arendt. China Review Vol. 12, p. 62.)
THE FOX AND THE TIGER
ONCE upon a time the Tiger was in the habit of chasing all the beasts of the forests and devouring them. Among others he one day caught a fox, and prepared to dine on him. But the Fox said:
"You must not eat me. For the Lord of Heaven has appointed me