The fox and the cat


Vulpea si pisica

It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest, and as she thought to herself, "He is clever and full of experience, and much esteemed in the world," she spoke to him in a friendly way. "Good-day, dear Mr. Fox, how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting through this dear season?" The fox, full of all kinds of arrogance, looked at the cat from head to foot, and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. At last he said, "Oh, thou wretched beard-cleaner, thou piebald fool, thou hungry mouse-hunter, what canst thou be thinking of? Dost thou venture to ask how I am getting on? What hast thou learnt? How many arts dost thou understand?" - "I understand but one," replied the cat, modestly. "What art is that?" asked the fox. "When the hounds are following me, I can spring into a tree and save myself." - "Is that all?" said the fox. "I am master of a hundred arts, and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning. Thou makest me sorry for thee; come with me, I will teach thee how people get away from the hounds." Just then came a hunter with four dogs. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree, and sat down on top of it, where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. "Open your sack, Mr. Fox, open your sack," cried the cat to him, but the dogs had already seized him, and were holding him fast. "Ah, Mr. Fox," cried the cat. "You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me, you would not have lost your life."
S-a intamplat intr-o zi ca pisica sa se intalneasca in padure cu vulpoiul;si pentru ca se gandea ca e destept,cu experienta si pretuit de lume,ii vorbi prietenos:
-Buna ziua,draga vulpoiule, ce mai faci, cum iti mai merge, cum razbati prin vremurile astea scumpe?
Vulpoiul,arogant,o masura din cap pana-n picioare, nestind daca sa-i raspunda sau nu. In cele din urma spuse:
-Bietule linge-mustati, neghiob patat, mate-fripte,vanator de soareci! Indraznesti sa ma intrebi pe mine cum imi merge?Tu ce-ai invatat sa faci, la cate lucruri te pricepi?
-Ma pricep doar la unul, a raspuns cu modestie pisica.
-Ce lucru este acela?a intrebat vulpoiul.
-Cand ma fugaresc cainii,pot sa ma catar in copac si astfel ma salvez.
-Asta-i tot? intreba vulpoiul. Eu stiu sa fac mai mult de o suta de lucruri si, pe deasupra,mai am un sac plin cu mestesuguri. Nu te mai plange! Vino cu mine,o sa te invat cum sa-i infrunti pe caini.
Chiar in acel moment,trecu pe acolo un vanator cu patru caini. Pisica sari spintena intr-un copac si nu se opri pana-n varf, unde crengile si frunzisul o ascundeau complet.
-Vulpoiule, dezleaga-ti sacul cu mestesuguri! striga pisica,dar cainii il prinsera deja si-l tineau strans.
-Hei,vulpoiule,striga pisca,te-ai impotmolit in cele o suta de mestesuguri! Daca te-ai fi priceput sa te cateri ca mine, nu s-ar fi sfarsit cu viata ta.

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