The farmer and the snake
One winter a Farmer found a Snake stiff1 and frozen with cold.
He had compassion2 on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom3.
The Snake was quickly revived4 by the warmth, and resuming5 its natural instincts6, bit its benefactor7, inflicting8 on him a mortal9 wound. “Oh,” cried the Farmer with his last breath, “I am rightly served for pitying10 a scoundrel11.”
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
- if someone or a part of their body is stiff, their muscles hurt and it is difficult for them to move
- a strong feeling of sympathy(the feeling of being sorry for someone who is in a bad situation) for someone who is suffering, and a desire to help them
- the front part of a man’s chest
- to become healthy and strong again, or to make someone or something healthy and strong again
- to start doing something again after stopping or being interrupted
- a natural tendency to behave in a particular way or a natural ability to know something, which is not learned
- one who renders aid or kindly service to others, a friendly helper
- to make someone suffer something unpleasant
- not able to live for ever
- to feel sorry for someone because they are in a very bad situation
- a bad or dishonest man, especially someone who cheats or deceives other people