Leonardo da Vinci

The spider and the bunch of grapes

A spider found a bunch of grapes which for its sweetness was much resorted to by bees and various kinds of flies. It seemed that it had found a most convenient spot to spread its net and having settled on its delicate web it entered into its new habitation. Every day, hiding in the spaces between the grapes, it fell like a thief on the many wretched animals that suspected no danger. But after a few days had passed the vintager came, and cut the bunch of grapes and placed it with others that were trodden. Thus, the grapes were a snare and pitfall both for the deceitful spider and the deceived flies.