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Aesop's Fables: Androcles

A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest.

As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him.

As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog.

Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days.

The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim.

But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

Vocabulary
slave esclavo
once una vez
fled huyó
forest bosque
wandering deambulando
came upon encontró
lying down echado
moaning gimiendo
groaning gimiendo
at first al principio
turned intentó
flee huir
finding al encontrar
pursue perseguir
near cerca
put out sacó
paw pata
swollen hinchada
bleeding sangrando
huge enorme
thorn espina
pain dolor
pulled out quitó
bound up vendó
able capaz
rise levantarse
lick lamer
cave cueva
used to solía
bring traer
shortly afterwards poco tiempo después
be thrown ser lanzado
the latter este último
led out llevado
arena anfiteatro, arena
let loose liberado
den guarida
rushed corrió
bounding rebotando
roaring rugiendo
as soon as tan pronto como
fawned aduló
summoned convocó
whole completa
whereupon con lo cual
pardoned absuelto
freed liberado
let loose soltado
gratitude gratitud, agradecimiento
souls almas

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