A Snake and a Crab

There was a Familiarity Contracted betwixt a Snake and a Crab. The Crab was a Plain Dealing Creature, that Advis'd his Companion to give over Shuffling and Doubling, and to Practise Good Faith. The Snake went on in his old Way: So that the Crab finding that he would not Men his Manners, set upon him in his Sleep, and Strangled him; and then looking upon him as he lay Dead at his Length: This had never befall'n ye, says he, if you had but liv'd as Straight as You Dy'd.
There's Nothing more Agreeable in Conversation, than a Frank, Open way of Dealing, and a Simplicity of manners.

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