The Lion, the Fox and the Ass entered into an
agreement to assist each other in their chase.
Having secured a large booty, the Lion on
their return from the forest asked the Ass to
allot his due portion to each of the three
partners in the treaty.
The Ass carefully divided the spoil into three
equal shares and modestly requested the two
others to make the first choice.
The Lion, bursting out into a great rage,
devoured the Ass. Then he requested the Fox to
do him the favor to make a division.
The Fox accumulated all that they had killed
into one large heap and left to himself the
smallest possible morsel.
The Lion said, "Who has taught you, my very
excellent fellow, the art of division? You are
perfect to a fraction."
He replied, "I learned it from the Ass, by
witnessing his fate."
Moral: Happy is the man who learns
from the misfortunes of others.