|How the Crane Helped the Fox
|作者：无忌 刘伟… 文章来源：《英语辅导报》
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How the Crane Helped the Fox
A fox and a crane became friends and the fox invited the crane to his burrow.
A hunter saw their tracks, crept up to the burrow and began digging so as to catch the fox and the crane. But no matter how long he dug, he was unable to reach them.
Then he got a long stick, pushed it into the burrow and touched the crane. The crane got frightened and pleaded with the fox:
“You're clever. Think up something, or else the hunter will get us.”
But the fox pressed himself into a corner, trembling and dumb with fear.
“Eh,” said the crane reproachfully. “And you call yourself a fox!”
And the crane began thinking up a way to escape. And he did think of one.
“When the hunter pushes his hand into the burrow and pulls me out,” he said, “I'll pretend to be dead. He will think that you have choked me and throw me aside. Then I'll take wing. The hunter will surely look at me flying. Then you must rush out of the burrow.”
The fox kept trembling, but he agreed, for there was no other way out.
The crane lay down at the entrance to the burrow and pretended to be dead. The hunter pushed his hand into the burrow and pulled out the crane.
“Poor crane,” he said. “The fox must have dragged it into his burrow and choked it.”
With these words he threw the crane to the side.
And although the crane was badly hurt when the hunter threw him onto the ground, he got up, fluttered his wings and flew up high. The hunter had no time to collect his thoughts.
He looked at the crane flying, and at that moment the fox ran out of the burrow and darted into the bushes.
The hunter cried out angrily that the fox had outwitted him. He did not know that on that occasion it was the crane that had saved the fox.
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