The Frogs and the Well

Two Frogs1 lived together in a marsh2. But one hot summer the marsh dried up3, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp4 places if they can get them. By and by5 they came to a deep well6, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, "This looks a nice cool place. Let us jump in and settle7 here." But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, "Not so fast, my friend. Supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?"

Moral: Look before you leap8.

1 Frogs — лягушки (a frog — лягушка)
2 marsh (= wet area, pond) — пруд, заболоченное место
3 to dry up (= to loose all water) — высохнуть
4 damp (= humid, wet) — влажный
5 by and by (= overtime, eventually) — долго ли, коротко ли; со временем
6 well — колодец
7 to settle (= to begin living in a new place) — осесть, поселиться
8 to leap (= to jump into) — прыгать