A fox was bragging to a cat of its clever ways of escaping its enemies.
"I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which contains a hundred ways of escaping my enemies."
"I have only one," said the cat; "but I can generally manage with that."Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds coming towards them, and the cat immediately scampered up a tree and hid herself in the boughs.
"This is my plan," said the cat. "What are you going to do?"
The fox thought first of one way and started to scamper off. But
then another, even better trick popped into his head and he started in the
other direction. Then the fox stopped. Another trick had come
to him but he wasn't quite sure if it was better than the second one he'd
While he was debating the hounds came nearer and nearer.
At last, the fox in his confusion as to which plan was best was caught by the hounds, putting an end to all of his clever plans.
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