The Lion and Ass Hunting

Lion and an ass made an agreement to go out hunting together. By and by they came to a cave, where many wild goats abode. The lion took up his station at the mouth of the cave and the ass, going within, kicked and brayed and made a mighty fuss to frighten them out. When the lion had caught many of them, the ass came out and asked him if he had not made a noble fight, and routed the goats properly.

"Yes, indeed," said the lion, "and I assure you, you would have frightened me too, if I had not known you to be an ass."

When braggarts are admitted into the company of their betters, it is only to be made use of and be laughed at.