(19) The Countryman and the Snake

A Countryman returning home one winter's day, found a Snake by the hedge side, half dead with a cold. Taking compassion on the creature, he laid it in his bosom, and brought it home to his fireside to revive it. No sooner had the warmth restored it then began to attack children of the cottage. Upon this Countryman, whose compassion had saved its life, took up a mattock and laid the Snake dead at his feet.

Moral of the story: Those who return evil for good may expect their neighbour's pity to the worn out at last.

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