The Owl and the Grasshopper
One bright summer morning an Owl was enjoying her sleep in her den in an old tree.
As luck would have it, a grasshopper hopping merrily nearby from leaf to leaf seemed to be in very high spirits. Her chirping was loud and woke up the old Owl from her sleep.
The Owl called out to the grasshopper, “I really need to sleep! Can you quit chirping?”
But the more she pleaded with him to halt her chirping, the louder the grasshopper sang!
The Owl finally decided to put an end to it with a devious plan.
Fully awake by now, she said, “Your voice, dear grasshopper, is so melodious to my ears. But since I cannot sleep on account of your sweet song, I'd rather spend my time now drinking some of that delicious nectar stored in my larder. Would you care to join me?”
The grasshopper was pleased with the praise she got. So up she flew to the Owl’s perch.
But instead of nectar, what the insect encountered was the bitter grimace on the face of the Owl who, in a wink of an eye, swooped down and snuffed out her life.
Do not let flattery lower your guard against your enemies.
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