A famished Wolf was prowling about in the morning in search
of food. As he passed the door of a cottage built in the forest,
he heard a Mother say to her child, "Be quiet, or I will throw
you out of the window, and the Wolf shall eat you."
The Wolf sat all day waiting at the door. In the evening he
heard the same woman fondling her child and saying: "You
are quiet now, and if the Wolf should come, we will kill him."
The Wolf, hearing these words, went home, gasping with
cold and hunger. When he reached his den, Mistress Wolf
inquired of him why he returned wearied and supperless,
so contrary to his wont.
He replied: "Why, forsooth! I gave credence to the words
of a woman!"
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)