The Jackdaw and the Fox (fable)

A HALF-FAMISHED JACKDAW seated himself on a fig-tree, which had produced some fruit entirely out of season, and waited in the hope that the figs would ripen.

A Fox seeing him sitting so long and learning the reason of his doing so, said to him,

“You are indeed, sir, sadly deceiving yourself; you are indulging a hope strong enough to cheat you, but which will never reward you with enjoyment.”

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