Raven had a big piece of cheese in his mouth today, and he would not give it up for the world. Fox came wandering along the path. He was very hungry and would do anything for food. He spotted Raven on a high branch on a tree near where he had stopped to search for food. 'Raven,' Fox called up, 'I'm terribly hungry, will you not share that cheese with me?' Raven only shook his head. He would share his cheese with no one. Fox decided to try again, but with a different tactic, as pity was clearly not working. Both Fox and Raven were tricksters, and so Fox thought about how he cound trick cunning Raven. 'Raven,' Fox called up again. 'Come closer, I want to admire your beautiful feathers. They shine like wet pebbles in the sun.' And so Raven came closer, for he liked the compliment Fox had just given, and wanted to hear more. Fox spoke again. Again Fox spoke highly of Raven, and so brought Raven closer, for he was vain, and compliments to him were like honey to a bee. Finally, when Raven was on the lowest branch, Fox called to him and said 'Raven, please let me hear you sing, for I hear you have a beautiful voice.' Raven was so taken by this compliment that he opened his beak to let out a note, and in doing so dropped the cheese. Fox quickly gobbled the cheese, and, his hunger satisfied, left the Raven open mouthed and hungry. Moral: Never sing for a fox, for they do not make for good audience!