Three Hundred Æsop's Fables/The Lion in Love
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THE LION IN LOVE.
A Lion demanded the daughter of a woodcutter in marriage. The Father, unwilling to grant, and yet afraid to refuse his request, hit upon this expedient to rid himself of his importunities. He expressed his willingness to accept him as the suitor of his daughter on one condition; that he should allow him to extract his teeth, and cut off his claws, as his daughter was fearfully afraid of both. The Lion cheerfully assented to the proposal: when however he next repealed his request, the woodman, no longer afraid, set upon him with his club, and drove him away into the forest.