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Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.)  Fables.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The Serpent and the File
 
 
A SERPENT in the course of its wanderings came into an armourer’s shop. As he glided over the floor he felt his skin pricked by a file lying there. In a rage he turned round upon it and tried to dart his fangs into it; but he could do no harm to heavy iron and had soon to give over his wrath.
        “IT IS USELESS ATTACKING THE INSENSIBLE.”
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