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Boy Who Cried Wolf

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear, the villagers do not trust the boy's cries for help, and the flock is destroyed.


  • The story dates from Classical times.
  • The moral at the end of the Greek version of the story states that it "shows that this is how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them".
  • The idiomatic phrase "to cry wolf" has been frequently used in the titles of films, books and lyrics, but these rarely refer directly to the fable.
  • While the character from the original fable is in the public domain, any other later adaptations published after 1923 are NOT.

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