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English Short Stories - Cuentos en inglés
Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Stork

At one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting terms and seemed very good friends. So the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and for a joke put nothing before her but some soup in a very shallow dish.

This the Fox could easily lap up, but the Stork could only wet the end of her long bill in it, and left the meal as hungry as when she began. "I am sorry," said the Fox, "the soup is not to your liking."

"Pray do not apologise," said the Stork. "I hope you will return this visit, and come and dine with me soon."

So a day was appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork; but when they were seated at table all that was for their dinner was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth, in which the Fox could not insert his snout, so all he could manage to do was to lick the outside of the jar.

"I will not apologise for the dinner," said the Stork:

"One bad turn deserves another."

Vocabulary
fox zorro
stork cigüeña
on visiting terms en buenos términos
seemed parecían
for a joke como una broma
shallow profundo
dish profundo
easily fácilmente
lap up beber a lengüetazos
wet mojar
bill pico
left dejó
meal comida
hungry hambrienta
began comenzó
to your liking a tu gusto
pray ruego que
apologise pedir disculpas
dine cenar
appointed acordado
seated at table sentados a la mesa
long-necked jar tarro de cuello largo
narrow angosta
mouth boca
snout morro
manage lograr
lick lamer
outside lado externo
apologise pedir disculpas
bad turn mala pasada
deserves merece

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