“The Fox and the Woodcutter” from Mrs. Aesop’s Fables by Lisa Cofield and Debbie Dingerson
- Miss Fox and Miss Woodcutter were roommates.
- One Friday night they were both home, when there came a knock on the door.
- Miss Fox, thinking it might be her soom-to-be-ex-boyfriend, asked Miss Woodcutter to answer the door.
- “If it’s Hunter,” she said, “tell him I’m not here.”
- When Miss Woodcutter answered the door, there she found the boyfriend.
- “Is my girlfriend here?” he asked.
- “No,” replied Miss Woodcutter ina voice loud enough for her roommate to hear.
- Making sure she was behind the door so Miss Fox couldn’t see her, she winked and pointed in toward the bedroom.
- Hunter, thinking the woman was making a pass at him said, “Sorry, lady, I’m a one-woman man,” and promptly left.
- When Miss Fox came out, Miss Woodcutter said, “I got rid of him.
- Aren’t you going to thank me?”
- Miss Fox replied, “I saw you winking and pointing at the bedroom.
- Either you were trying to tell him I was here, or you were making a pass at him.
- Either Way, I’m not going to thank you.”
Moral: There is as much mischief in a wink as in a word.