Fantastic Fables

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Author: Ambrose Bierce

The Lion and the Mouse

A JUDGE was awakened by the noise of a lawyer prosecuting a Thief. Rising in wrath he was about to sentence the Thief to life imprisonment when the latter said:

"I beg that you will set me free, and I will some day requite your kindness."

Pleased and flattered to be bribed, although by nothing but an empty promise, the Judge let him go. Soon afterward he found that it was more than an empty promise, for, having become a Thief, he was himself set free by the other, who had become a Judge.

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Chicago: Ambrose Bierce, "The Lion and the Mouse," Fantastic Fables in Fantastic Fables (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1CG1A5KG16N4G6.

MLA: Bierce, Ambrose. "The Lion and the Mouse." Fantastic Fables, in Fantastic Fables, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1CG1A5KG16N4G6.

Harvard: Bierce, A, 'The Lion and the Mouse' in Fantastic Fables. cited in 1899, Fantastic Fables, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1CG1A5KG16N4G6.