Friday Fable. Krylov’s “THE PEASANT AND THE ROBBER”**

Posted by jlubans on August 11, 2017

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Caption: Not to be. 'Farm Yard in Finland', Oil by Valentin Serov (1865-1911)

“A PEASANT, who was beginning to stock his little farm, had bought a cow and a milk-pail at a fair, and was going quietly homewards by a lonely path through the forest, when he suddenly fell into the hands of a Robber. The Robber stripped him as bare as a lime tree.*
‘Have mercy !’ cried the Peasant. ‘I am utterly ruined. You have reduced me to beggary.
For a whole year I have worked to buy this dear little cow. I could scarcely bear to wait for this day to arrive."
‘Very good,’ replied the Robber, touched by compassion; ‘don't cry out against me.
After all, I shall not want to milk your cow, so I’ll give you back your milk-pail.’”

*”’Bare as a lime tree’ after it has been stripped of its bark, of which the peasants make shoes, baskets, &c.”
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We laugh at the wry humor, the grim irony. The farmer’s dream gone pffft. The maid and the cow, alas, not this year.
Organizationally, it’s like being fired without due process and the boss (the Robber) offering to write a letter of reference (the milk-pail).

**Source: Krilof and his fables, by Krylov, Ivan Andreevich, 1768-1844; Ralston, William Ralston Shedden, 1828-1889. Tr. London, 1869

N.B. My next book, Fables for Leaders, Ezis Press, comes out in September 2017, ($26.99) and will feature original illustrations by the renowned Béatrice Coron.
ISBN: 978-0-692-90955-3
LCCN: 2017908783
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Cover: "Fables for Leaders" PRE-PRINT, 203pp. 2017.
Update. The book has been printed as a Riga edition of 30, numbered copies. Ten have been given to friends and libraries in Latvia. The balance will be sent to review media in the USA.

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