Friday, August 27, 2010

Illustrated: Simia et Vulpis Cauda


M0113 - M0114 - M0115
114. Simia et Vulpis Cauda. Simia sentiens se nudam retro et videns ex adverso vulpem praelonga ac larga cauda instructam, coepit eam rogare ut sibi partem caudae suae daret ad tegendas nates; ita enim fieri communi utriusque emolumento, ut illa importuno onere levaretur, ipsa iuvaretur. Ad quae vulpes, nasum torquens, “Oppido quam falleris, soror,” ait, “cauda enim mea non oneri, sed honori meo servit et, utut sit, mallem ea terram verrere quam tuas tegere impuras nates; ita quaeque nostrum, suis contenta, vivat.”

Simius et Vulpes

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M0114 = Perry533. Source: Irenaeus 79. This is Perry 533. For a quite different fable about the fox’s tail and the tail-less monkey, see #22. For the monkey complaining about its lack of a tail, see #188.

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