The Wolf at the Door

Mr. and Mrs. Sheep were sitting in their sitting room with their daughter, who was as pretty as she was edible, when there was a knock at the front door. “It’s a gentleman caller,” said the daughter.

“It’s the Fuller Brush man,” said her mother.

The cautious father got up and looked out the window. “It’s the wolf,” he said. “I can see his tail.”

“Don’t be silly,” said the mother. “It’s the Fuller Brush man, and that’s his brush.” And she went to the door and opened it, and the wolf came in and ran away with the daughter.

“You were right, after all,” admitted the mother, sheepishly.

MORAL: Mother doesn’t always know best.

The Wolf at the Door

James Thurber

James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. He was best known for his cartoons and short stories published mainly in The New Yorker magazine, such as "The Catbird Seat", and collected in his numerous books. He was one of the most popular humorists of his time, as he celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.

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