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[–] AStranger 1 points 91 points (+92|-1) ago 

"One winter a Farmer found a Viper frozen and numb with cold, and out of pity picked it up and placed it in his bosom. The Viper was no sooner revived by the warmth than it turned upon its benefactor and inflicted a fatal bite upon him; and as the poor man lay dying, he cried, 'I have only got what I deserved, for taking compassion on so villainous a creature.'"

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[–] libby 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Is that one of Aesop's?

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[–] AStranger 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Yes.

The Farmer and the Viper.

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[–] Solstiare 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Woefully Poetic.

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[–] wwwhistler 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

a variation on that..An old woman was walking down the road when she saw a gang of thugs beating a poisonous snake. She rescued the snake and carried it back to her home, where she nursed it back to health. They became friends and lived together for many months. One day they were going into town, and the old woman picked him up and the snake bit her. Repeatedly. "O God," she screamed, "I am dying! Why? I was your friend. I saved your life! I trusted you! Why did you bite me?"

The snake looked up at her and said, "Lady, you knew I was a snake when you first picked me up."

Excerpt from Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie (Gonzo Papers vol. 4) by Hunter S. Thimpson.