The Fox and the Hedgehog

The fox tried to trick the hedgehog into giving up his vegetables, but the hedgehog saw through the fox's lies. The hedgehog refused to be dishonest or cheat others, and instead lived happily in his garden. The fox was left to scavenge for scraps. Honesty and hard work are always the best policy.

The Fox and the Hedgehog
Aesop's Fable The Fox and the Hedgehog

Long ago, in a forest somewhere in the reaches of space, a cunning fox and a sage hedgehog called their home. While the hedgehog was satisfied to mind his own business and tend to his garden, the fox was constantly on the prowl for opportunities to fool and deceive those around him.

The fox happened onto the hedgehog's garden one day and noticed all the tasty food plants growing there. The fox's stomach rumbled with anticipation of all the delicious food he could scavenge.

The fox greeted the hedgehog, "Hey there, Mr. Hedgehog," and grinned devilishly. "Greetings, I noticed that you had a lovely garden. I was hoping you might be willing to give me a taste of those veggies. I'll try not to stuff myself silly."

Knowing that the fox could not be trusted, the hedgehog kept all of his treasure to himself.

The hedgehog politely declined Mr. Fox's kind offer. "I have put a lot of time and effort into growing these vegetables, and I depend on them for my very survival. Unfortunately, I don't have any to give away."

The fox's defeatist and angry mood prompted him to attempt something new. He then proceeded to gush over the hedgehog's intelligence and wit.

"You are very wise and clever, Mr. Hedgehog," the fox gushed. "There must be a lot of different ways for you to receive sustenance. I'm sure you know a thing or two about foraging in the woods and could help me out."

The hedgehog, however, was not easily duped, and saw through the fox's ploys.

The hedgehog expressed gratitude for Mr. Fox's praise. "I wish I could assist you, but alas, it seems I cannot. I have no interest in manipulating people or taking advantage of them."

It was clear to the fox that he was outwitted by the hedgehog, so he slunk away.

The hedgehog never left his yard again, and the fox was left to fend for itself on the leftovers.

Honesty and perseverance are, as the saying goes, the best policy. In order to avoid being misunderstood or cheated oneself or others, it is preferable to be honest and forthright.