It was the lion Androcles had met in the desert, and the grateful animal would not rend his benefactor.
But when it came out of its cage and got near Androcles, what do you think it did?
A Slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest.
Yes; I'll tell you Androcles and the Lion; you always like that.
The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena.
Said to have been f. by Amazons, or by Androcles, son of Codrus.
She waited for them to look abashed and vacant, so that she might suggest "Androcles."
Androcles extracted the thorn, and won the animal's gratitude.
But the story of Androcles was a favourite with the bear whose adventures I am about to relate.
One of these had performed with Lorenzo in the spectacle of Androcles.