Two Fellows were travelling together
through a wood, when a Bear rushed
out upon them.
One of the travellers happened to be
in front, and he seized hold of the
branch of a tree, and hid himself
among the leaves.
The other, seeing no help for it,
threw himself flat down upon the
ground, with his face in the dust.
The Bear, coming up to him, put his
muzzle close to his ear, and sniffed
and sniffed. But at last with a
growl he shook his head and slouched
off, for bears will not touch dead
Then the fellow in the tree came
down to his comrade, and, laughing,
said "What was it that Master
Bruin whispered to you?"
"He told me," said the other:
"Never trust a friend who deserts
you at a pinch".
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Never trust a friend who
deserts you at a pinch"