The Fox and the Hedgehog
swimming across a rapid
river was carried by the force of
the current into a very deep
ravine, where he lay for a long
time very much bruised, sick, and
unable to move. A swarm of hungry
blood-sucking flies settled upon
him. A Hedgehog, passing by, saw
his anguish and inquired if he
should drive away the flies that
were tormenting him. "By no
means," replied the Fox; "pray do
not molest them." "How is this?'
said the Hedgehog; "do you not
want to be rid of them?' "No,"
returned the Fox, "for these
flies which you see are full of blood, and sting me but little, and if you rid me of these which are already satiated, others more hungry will come in their place, and will drink up all the blood I have left."