One fine day in winter some Ants were busy drying their store of corn, which had got rather damp during a long spell of rain. Presently up came a Grasshopper and begged them to spare her a few grains, "For," she said, "I′m simply starving." The Ants stopped work for a moment, though this was against their principles. "May we ask," said they, "what you were doing with yourself all last summer? Why didn′t you collect a store of food for the winter?" "The fact is," replied the Grasshopper, "I was so busy singing that I hadn′t the time." "If you spent the summer singing," replied the Ants, "you can′t do better than spend the winter dancing." And they chuckled and went on with their work.