Friday Fable: Aesop's, “THE DOGS AND THE CROCODILES”*

Posted by jlubans on October 31, 2014

Caption: Illustration by Thomas Bewick from his Select fables of Aesop and others, 1871.

“If you try to deceive someone who has his wits about him, you will waste your time and be made fun of as well.”
“Legend has it that when dogs drink from the Nile they do so on the run to avoid being caught by the crocodiles. So when a certain dog started to lap some water as he ran, a crocodile said, 'Drink as much as you want, take your time, don't be afraid!' The dog then said to the crocodile, 'By god, I would do just that, if I didn't already know that you have a craving for my flesh!'”

After a night of rain, Bridger and I would do our usual walk, off leash, on the forest trail. There’d be long puddles and Bridger, in a run, would skim them, her mouth agape, savoring the water. If we were in a low and swampy area, I’d admonish her to not drink, “It’s bad, it’s probably got sewage in it!” She’d give me a baleful look over her black shoulder and keep right on. Now I know what that look meant: “Man, don’t you know? I’m looking out for the crocs!”

Parentally, Thomas Bewick cautions us: “It is ever dangerous to be long conversant with persons of bad character.” So, when you are next strolling by the “Nile” or other hot spot on Miami’s South Beach, beware the crocs hangin’ outside lest you metamorphosize into an ass.

*Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002. Dr. Gibbs is THE source on fables of all cultures. Leaders and followers seeking literary inspiration from Aesop and others can subscribe to her “Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up.”

Halloween's Leading from the Middle Library: The University of the Arts, University Libraries, 
Albert M. Greenfield Library. Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States

@Copyright John Lubans 2014
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Posted by jlubans on October 31, 2014  •  05:36:25

We want more Ms. B stories!

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