Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE FOX AND THE SNAKE”*

Posted by jlubans on January 16, 2015

“A Snake, in crossing a river, was carried away by the current, but managed to wriggle on to a bundle of thorns which was floating by, and was thus carried at a great rate down-stream. A Fox caught sight of it from the bank as it went whirling along, and called out, ‘Gad! the passenger fits the ship!’"

Having seen water snakes cross the bow of my canoe, I can well believe the snake’s hitching a ride in the river. And given the snake’s thorny boat, the fox is drolly apt.
Speaking of drollery, I was getting on the M60 bus at NYCs LaGuardia airport, when I saw the luggage rack was full, nowhere to put my bag. While I was puzzling over how to re-arrange the bags so mine would fit, a man kindly volunteered to take away his bag, explaining that he was getting off at the next stop. I thanked him, and asked, since he was standing near a vacant seat, if his offer included my taking his seat. With a bit of mischief in his voice, he said I could have it as long as I did not talk to his wife (an attractive woman in the next seat.) I replied, perhaps with a leer – surely not, but then again … - “I’ll try not to.” Laughter all about.

*Source: AESOP'S FABLES A NEW TRANSLATION BY V. S. VERNON JONES WITH AN INTRODUCTION By G. K. CHESTERTON AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARTHUR RACKHAM (Publisher: London: W. Heinemann; New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912). Available at Gutenberg.

@Copyright John Lubans 2015

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