The Mischievous Dog
was once a dog who used to snap at people and bite them without any provocation,
and who was a great nuisance to everyone who came to his master's house. So his
master fastened a bell round his neck to warn people of his presence.
dog was very proud of the bell, and strutted about tinkling it with immense
an old dog came up to him and said, "The fewer airs you give yourself the
better, my friend. You don't think, do you, that your bell was given you as a
reward of merit? On the contrary, it is a badge of disgrace."
is often mistaken for fame.