Androcles and the Lion

A slave(奴隶) named Androcles once escaped(逃脱) from his master(主人) and ran away to forest.

As he was walking about there, he saw a lion lying down, crying in pain.

At first he turned to run, but finding that the lion did not chase(追捕) him, he turned back and went up to him.

As he came near, the lion put out his paw(爪子), which was all swollen(肿胀) and bleeding.

Androcles saw that a huge thorn(棘刺) had got into it, and was causing all the pain.

He pulled out the thorn(棘刺) and wrapped(包扎) up the paw(爪子) of the lion, who was soon able to rise and lick(舔) the hand of Androcles like a dog.

Then the lion took Androcles to his cave(洞穴), and brought him meat to eat every day.

A little while afterwards both Androcles and the lion were caught, and the slave(奴隶) was sentenced to be thrown to the lion, after the lion had been kept without food for several days.

The Emperor(皇帝) and all his Court came to see the show, and Androcles was let out into the middle of the arena(竞技场).

Soon the lion was let loose(松开), and rushed jumping and roaring(咆哮) towards his victim(受害者).

But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognized(认出) his friend, came gently up to him, and licked(舔) his hands like a friendly dog.

The Emperor(皇帝), surprised at this, asked Androcles if he knew why the lion behaved(表现) this way, and Androcles told him the whole story.

Then the slave(奴隶) Androcles was freed, and the lion was also set free again in the forest.

MORAL:Bravery in taking care of others is often well rewarded(被奖励).