The fable of the Hound and the Hare, by Aesop of Aesop’s Fables.
The hound represents a person whom one does not know whether to trust or to distrust. The hare represents the innocent and less worldly person who encounters someone whom she does not know whether to trust or to distrust.
Some people, many politically ambitious people and ambitious but petty bureaucrats included, will attack you out of jealousy. If you are the boss who is climbing the corporate or government ladder and is up for promotion, these petty bureaucrats and politically ambitious people will fawn on you, and according to the dictionary, they will show servile affection, or in the vernacular expression, bootlick.
The fable teaches us that there are people in this world whom one cannot tell whether to trust or to distrust.