Lessing’s THE BRAMBLE

Posted by jlubans on December 12, 2021

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Caption: “Please, please don’t throw me in the briar patch"


“WILL you kindly explain," said the Willow to the Bramble, "why you are so eager to seize hold of the clothes of every man, woman or child that passes by?
Of what use can their clothes possibly be to you?"
"Of no use," said the Bramble.
"Neither do I wish to take the clothes from them. I only want to tear them."
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Brother Bramble’s in need of an imagine make over? Or, an esteem booster.
What of the shelter he provides to the wee creature fleeing from the baying hound or the screaming hawk?
It’s his tearing of clothes and flesh that protects the weak and denies the brute.

*SOURCE: Lessing, Fables, Book II, No. 27. Translated by G. Moir Bussey.Excerpted From: Cooper, Frederic Taber, 1864-1937. “An argosy of fables; a representative selection from the fable literature of every age and land.” New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company. 1921.

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