一只老虎正在森林里找吃的， 突然一只狐狸从他面前经过。 老虎马上扑上去， 准备把狐狸吃掉。 狡猾的狐狸知道自己逃不掉了, 就假装很镇静地对老虎说： “你怎么敢吃我？”老虎吃惊地问： “ 为什么我不敢吃你？”
狐狸说： “因为上天刚刚派我到森林里来， 做百兽之王。如果你吃了我， 你就违反了上天的命令， 你会受到上天的惩罚。”
狐狸说： “如果你不相信我， 你跟我一起去见别的动物， 看他们怕不怕我。” 老虎同意了。
你猜羚羊， 小鹿， 兔子看见他们，会不会 害怕呢？当然都吓得赶紧逃走了。可是他们怕的不是狐狸， 而是狐狸身后的老虎啊!
狐狸得意地对老虎说： “ 你看， 所有的动物都怕我！”
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lao3hu3 chi1jing1de wen4: "wei4shen2me wo3 bu4gan3 chi1ni3?"
hu2li shuo1: "yin1wei4 shang4tian1 gang1gang1 pai4wo3 dao4 sen1lin2li3lai2, zuo4 bai3shou4zhi1wang2. tu2guo3 ni3 chi1le wo3, ni3 jiu4 wei2fan3le shang4tian1de ming4ling4, ni3 hui4 shou4dao4 shang4tian1de cheng3fa2."
lao3hu2 kan4kan4 you4shou4you4xiao3de hu2li, gen1ben3 bu2 xiang1xin4 ta1 hui4shi4 xin1de bai3shou4zhi1wang2.
hu2li shuo1 : " ru2guo3 ni3 bu4 xiang1xin4 wo3, ni3 gen1wo3 yi1qi3 qu4 jian4 bie2de dong44wu4, kan4 ta1men pa4bu2pa4 wo3." lao3hu3 tong2yi4le .
yu2shi4, hu2li zou3zai4 lao3hu3de qian2mian, lao3hu3 gen1zai4 hu2lide hou4mian4, wang3 sen1lin2 shen1chu4 zou3qu4.
ni3cai1 ling2yang2, xiao3lu4, tu4zi kan4jian4 ta1men, hui4bu2hui4 hai4pa4ne? dang1ran2 dou1 xia4de gan3jin3 tao2zou3le. ke3shi4, ta1men pa4de bu2shi4 hu2li, er2shi4 hu2li shen1hou4 de lao3hu3 a!
hu2li de2yi4de dui4 lao3hu3 shuo1," ni3kan4, suo3you3de dong4wu4 dou1pa4wo3!"
jiu4 zhe4yang4, zhen1zheng4de bai3shou4zhi1wang2 lao2hu3 shang4le hu2li de dang4, yi3wei2 bie2de dong4wu4 zhen1de hai4pa4 hu2li ne.
A tiger was looking for food in the forest. A fox suddenly ran past him. The tiger pounced upon him right away, and was about to eat him up. The sly fox knew that he could not get away, so pretending to be very calm, he said to the tiger, "how dare you eat me?"
Surprised, the tiger asked, "why dare I not eat you?"
The fox said, "that's because the heaven has just sent me to the forest to be the king of all the animals. If you ate me, you defied the heaven's order, and you will be punished."
The tiger looked at the fox, and could hardly believe the small skinny fox could be the new king.
The fox said, "if you don't believe me. Let's go to see the other animals together to find out if they are afaid of me or not." The tiger agreed to his idea.
So the fox walked in front of the tiger, and the tiger followed the fox. Together, they went deeper into the forest.
Can you guess whether they will scare the gazelles, deer and hares? Of course, they were all scared away. However, they were not afraid of the fox, but the tiger behind the fox!
The fox said to the tiger proudly, "you see, all the animals are afraid of me!"
In this way, the tiger, the real king of the animals, was fooled by the fox. He thought that the other animals are afaid of the fox.
This Chinese story resembles a Aesop's fable so much. I guess the foxes are sly all over the world . The tiger is usually depicted bold and powerful. As the character “王” it carries on the forehead (王 means the king), it is considered the king of the animal kingdom in Chinese culture. Yet, the tiger in this story is just as gullible as a lot of emperors in the Chinese history.
We use this idiom to describe a person who uses the power of another person to influence or bully people. For example, the driver of a car who violated the traffic rules shouted at the police who tried to detain him: "How dare you! My father is So And So!"