The Frog And The Ox

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An Ox, grazing in a swampy meadow, chanced to set his foot among a parcel of young Frogs, and crushed nearly the whole brood to death.

One that escaped ran off to his mother with the dreadful news; “And, O mother! ” said he, “ it was a beast—such a big four-footed beast!—that did it.”

“Big?” quoth the old Frog; “how big? Was it as big” — and she puffed herself out to a great degree — “as big as this?”

“Oh!” said the little one; “a great deal bigger than that.”

“Well, was it so big?” and she swelled herself out yet more.

“Indeed, mother, but it was; and if you were to burst yourself, you would never reach half its size.”

Provoked at such a disparagement of her powers, the old Frog made one more trial, and burst herself indeed.