Thursday, October 14, 2010

Image: Ursus et Uxor Eius

M0133 - M0134 - M0135
134. Ursus et Uxor Eius. Ursus, dum forte cum uxore rixaretur, oculum illi eruit. Sed postea paenitens, tanto dolore affectus est ut ungues sibi mordicus praecideret. Deinde cum inter loquendum diceret prae suo in ursam amore se propriis armis exuisse. “Quid,” inquit uxor, “istud mihi luscae nunc prodest? Antequam oculum mihi erueres, istud faciendum fuit.”

M0134 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 147. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. Compare the story of the stork and his wife, #472. For other fables about preventative measures that come too late, see the story of the songbird and the bat, #401, or the doctor and his dead patient, #899.

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