The Mule’s Brains

This entry is part 39 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

The Lion and the Fox went hunting together. The Lion, on the advice of the Fox, sent a message to the Mule, pro- posing to make an alliance between their two families.

The Mule came to the place of meeting, overjoyed at the prospect of a royal alliance. But when he came there the Lion simply pounced on the Mule, and said to the Fox: “Here is our dinner for today. You watch it while I go and have a nap and don’t you dare touch my prey.”

The Lion went away and the Fox waited; but finding that his master did not return, he ventured to take out the brains of the Mule and ate them up. When the Lion came back he soon noticed the absence of the brains, and asked the Fox in a terrible voice: “What have you done with the brains?”

“Brains, your Majesty! it had none, or it would never have fallen into your trap.”

Wit has always an answer ready.

The Mule’s Brains


Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.

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