One day, a fly got caught in a spider's web. As the spider came down to wrap its prey in web, the fly did some quick thinking.
"What a beautiful web you have made" commented the fly. "The design is simply breathtaking".
"Thank you" replied the spider, rather flattered. But she began to start spinning anyway.
"Your eyes!" cried the fly. "You have the most beautiful eyes of any creature I have ever seen. So red and shiny-"
The spider smiled, but did not stop in her spinning.
"You are so beautiful, you are fit to be queen" said the fly, now rather panicky.
"In fact," he continued, "my great-great-great grandmother has the most beautiful crown, made of real spider silk. It would fit you perfectly."
"A crown?" asked the spider, pausing now.
"Absolutely!" agreed the fly. "You must believe me, it is the most beautiful crown--encrusted with dew drops from a rose and the eyes of a butterfly. None but you are fit to wear it. I could bring it to you, if you would let me go for a moment to get it."
The spider considered this a moment. What was one fly to a crown? So, the spider let the flattering fly go, hoping he would bring her back the crown. Of course, he never came back.
Moral: Flattery is a powerful tool.