|192. The Thief And The House-Dog|
A Thief came in the night to br
eak into a house. He brought with him several slices of meat, that he might pacify the House-dog, so that he should not alarm his master by barking. As the Thief threw him the pieces of meat, the Dog said, "If you th
ink to stop my mouth, you will be greatly mistaken. This sudden kindness at your hands will only make me more watchful, lest under these unexpected favours to myself, you have some private ends to accomplish for your own benefit, and f
or my master's injury."
一个贼在夜里偷进一户人家。 他身边带着几片肉，可以使狗不追逐他，也不致于因为狂吠而吵醒它的主人。 当贼将肉片丢给狗的时候，狗就说：「若是你想因此来塞住我的嘴，那你是在痴心妄想。 你手中的东西，这样突如其来丢过来，只有使我更加小心谨慎，唯恐你给我这点意外的恩惠之下，你会有其它企图，想为你自己的利益，而损害我的主人。」