The famous Aesop fable about a fox who plays a trick on a stork, and the stork's revenge.
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The cunning Fox one day thought of a plan to amuse himself at the expense of the Stork, at whose odd appearance he was always laughing.
"You must come and dine with me today," he said to the Stork as he smiled to himself at the trick he was going to play.
The Stork gladly accepted the invitation and arrived early and with a very good appetite.
For dinner the Fox served soup.
But it was set out in a very shallow dish, and all the Stork could do was to wet the very tip of his bill.
He couldn't get a single drop of the soup.
But the Fox lapped it up easily, and in order to increase the disappointment of the Stork, he made a great show of how delicious the soup tasted.
The hungry Stork was very unhappy because of the trick, but he was a calm, even-tempered fellow. He saw no point in flying into a rage.
Instead, not long afterward, he invited the Fox to dine with him at his house.
The Fox arrived promptly at the time that had been set, and the Stork served a fish dinner that had a very appetizing smell.
However, it was served in a tall jar with a very narrow neck.
The Stork could easily get at the food with his long bill, but all the Fox could do was lick the outside of the jar and sniff at the delicious odor.
Finally, the Fox lost his temper.
The Stork said calmly, "Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself."