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Fable Aesop
The Lion In Love
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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 the Lion 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. But when the toothless, clawless Lion returned to
repeat his request, the Woodman, no longer afraid, set upon
him with his club, and drove him away into the forest.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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