One winter a Farmer found a Snake stiff1 and frozen with cold.
The Snake was quickly revived4 by the warmth, and resuming5 its natural instincts6, bit its benefactor7, inflicting8 on him a mortal9 wound. “Oh,” cried the Farmer with his last breath, “I am rightly served for pitying10 a scoundrel11.”
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
- if someone or a part of their body is stiff, their muscles hurt and it is difficult for them to move
- a strong feeling of sympathy(the feeling of being sorry for someone who is in a bad situation) for someone who is suffering, and a desire to help them
- the front part of a man’s chest
- to become healthy and strong again, or to make someone or something healthy and strong again
- to start doing something again after stopping or being interrupted
- a natural tendency to behave in a particular way or a natural ability to know something, which is not learned
- one who renders aid or kindly service to others, a friendly helper
- to make someone suffer something unpleasant
- not able to live for ever
- to feel sorry for someone because they are in a very bad situation
- a bad or dishonest man, especially someone who cheats or deceives other people