Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce: A Creaking Tail
A Creaking Tail
AN American Statesman who had twisted the tail of the British Lion until his arms ached was at last rewarded by a sharp, rasping sound.
"I knew your fortitude would give out after a while," said the American Statesman, delighted; "your agony attests my political power."
"Agony I know not!" said the British Lion, yawning; "the swivel in my tail needs a few drops of oil, that is all."