The Wild Boar and the Fox

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The Wild Boar and the Fox
by Aesop
Translated by George Fyler Townsend (1887)

A Wild Boar stood under a tree and rubbed his tusks against the trunk. A Fox passing by asked him why he thus sharpened his teeth when there was no danger threatening from either huntsman or hound. He replied, "I do it advisedly; for it would never do to have to sharpen my weapons just at the time I ought to be using them."