influence by slyness
My good friend, I wish you would go to yonder wood and
beguile the big Stag, who lives there, to come to my den.
a person who inherits some title or office
My dear sir, you're in luck. You know the Lion, our King: well, he's at the point of death, and has appointed you his
successor to rule over the beasts.
regard as untrustworthy
The Stag was highly flattered, and followed the Fox to the Lion's den,
made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride
The Fox was much
mortified, and the Lion, too, was dreadfully disappointed, for he was getting very hungry in spite of his illness.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
So he begged the Fox to have another try at
coaxing the Stag to his den.
someone who does evil deliberately
As soon as he saw the Fox he cried, "You
scoundrel, what do you mean by trying to lure me to my death like that?
fill with distaste
You have rather
disgusted him, and I'm not sure he won't make the wolf King instead, unless you come back at once and show you've got some spirit.
the dead body of an animal
The Stag was foolish enough to be persuaded to return, and this time the Lion made no mistake, but overpowered him, and feasted right royally upon his
make off with belongings of others
The Fox, meanwhile, watched his chance and, when the Lion wasn't looking,
filched away the brains to reward himself for his trouble.
the habitation of wild animals
I don't think it's much use looking for the brains: a creature who twice walked into a Lion's
den can't have got any.