Fantastic Fables

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Author: Ambrose Bierce

The Man and the Viper

A MAN finding a frozen Viper put it into his bosom.

"The coldness of the human heart," he said, with a grin, "will keep the creature in his present condition until I can reach home and revive him on the coals."

But the pleasures of hope so fired his heart that the Viper thawed, and sliding to the ground thanked the Man civilly for his hospitality and glided away.

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Chicago: Ambrose Bierce, "The Man and the Viper," Fantastic Fables in Fantastic Fables (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UZJGZ1HESLBKV9.

MLA: Bierce, Ambrose. "The Man and the Viper." Fantastic Fables, in Fantastic Fables, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UZJGZ1HESLBKV9.

Harvard: Bierce, A, 'The Man and the Viper' in Fantastic Fables. cited in 1899, Fantastic Fables, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UZJGZ1HESLBKV9.