One day, a fox named Acheria was very hungry. He didn't know what to think. He saw a shepherd pass by with his flock every day and told himself that he should steal his milk and his cheese and thus make a real feast, but he needed someone to help him in order to do so. Something.
So he went to find a wolf and said to him:
“Wolf, wolf! we should be able to feast on the milk and cheese of a shepherd I know. You, you will go where the herd grazes and from afar you will have to howl: Uhur, uhur, uhur. The shepherd, after having milked his sheep, leads them to the field, with his dog, very early in the morning and he returns to work at his place where he prepares his cheese. When you start yelling: Uhur, uhur, and the dog starts barking, the Shepherd will leave everything and run out. During that time I will steal the milk and we will share it when you join me. "
The wolf agreed to have a feast and left. He did as the fox had told him.
The dog began to bark at the approach of the wolf. And when the man heard that, he went out leaving everything and our fox went to steal the dish in which the curds were. What did he do next, before the wolf arrived? He very carefully removed the cream and ate all the contents of the jar. After he had eaten everything, he filled it with manure and put the cream back on top and he waited for the wolf at the place he had indicated to him.
The fox told the wolf, as it was he who was going to do the sharing, that the top being much better than the inside, whoever chose it would have only that and the other would have everything else. "Now choose what you want. "
The wolf said to him:
“I don't want the top; I prefer what is at the bottom. "
The fox then took the upper hand and gave the poor wolf the dish full of manure. When he saw this, the wolf got angry, but the fox said to him:
" It's not my fault. Apparently the shepherd does it like that. "
And the fox went away well sated.
Another day he was still very hungry and did not know what to think. Every day he saw a boy pass by on the road with his father's dinner.
He said to a blackbird:
"Merle, do you know what we should do?" We should have a good meal. A boy will be passing by right now. You will go in front of him and when the boy wants to catch you, you will go a little further, limping and when you have done this several times, the boy, impatient, will put his basket down to catch you more quick. I will take this basket, and I will go to such and such a place and there we will share it and have a good meal. "
The blackbird tells him yes.
When the boy passed, the blackbird walked away in front of the boy limping. When the boy bent down (to catch him), the blackbird escaped a little further. At the end, the boy growing impatient, he put his basket on the ground, to pursue the blackbird more quickly. The fox, who was on the lookout for the basket, carried it away with him, not to the agreed place, but to his den and there he gorged himself, eating the blackbird's part as his own.
So he said to himself:
"It's not good to stay here. The wolf is my enemy and the blackbird, too. Something will happen to me if I stay here. I have to go to the other side of the water. "
He went to stand at the edge of the water. A boatman passed by, the fox said to him:
“Ho! man, ho! Will you take me across? I will tell you three truths. "
The man tells him yes.
The fox jumped (into the boat) and started by saying:
“People say meteorium is as good as bread. It's a lie. The bread is better. This is a truth. "
When he was in the middle of the river, he said:
“We also say: 'What a beautiful night, it's clear as daylight! This is also a lie. The day is always clearer. Here is the second truth. "
And he told her the third as they approached the bank.
" Oh ! man man! you have bad pants and they will be much worse if you don't pass people who pay more than me.
"This is very true," said the man, and the fox jumped to the ground.
So I was there at the water's edge and there I learned these three truths and since then I have never forgotten them.