The Lion in Love

A lion once fell in love with a woodman’s daughter, an asked for her hand in marriage. The woodman was not much pleased with the offer, and declined the honor of so dangerous an alliance. When the lion became threatening, the man cunningly pretended to give in, saying, “I am honored, sir. But what great teeth and claws you have — enough to frighten any girl! If you are to marry my daughter you must have your teeth drawn and your claws cut.” The love-struck lion complied straightaway, and then called upon the father to accept him as a son-in-law.