Ernest Grisets THE OWLS, THE BATS, AND THE SUN*

Posted by jlubans on June 26, 2021

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Caption: Illustration by Griset, 1874

The Owls, Bats, and several ether birds of night were on a certain day got together in a thick shade, where they abused their neighbours in a very sociable manner.
Their satire at last fell upon the Sun, whom they all agreed to be very troublesome, impertinent, and inquisitive.
After which the Sun, who overheard them, spoke to them after this manner:
"Gentlemen, I wonder how you dare abuse one that you know could in an instant scorch you up, and consume every mother's son of you;
but the only answer I shall give you, or the revenge I shall take of you, is to shine on."

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Whence the sunny disposition
, the suns magnanimity?
Aye, that be the question.
Why do some people smile at personal assaults, slings and arrows and go on, while others Fizzle, Bubble & Pop? In other words, suffer fools not gladly?
Is a forgiving personality from nature or nurture?
Once when playing the fool, as I was wont to do when things got dull at work, one of my colleagues grabbed me by the head and exasperatedly implored me to think. I never did get an apology for that tantrum.
Then again, I never sought one.

*Source: Aesop's fables by Aesop; Griset, Ernest Henry, 1844-1907
London ; New York : Cassell, Petter, and Galpin 1874

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