'HCE and Shem the Penman' A notebook drawing by JVL, 1 July 2011.
I have been using these Alwych notebooks since 1968, I see that I bought this notebook in 1980, costing £1.15. Today they cost £6.20. I have bought enough to last the rest of my life unless I live to 100! I couldn't do without them!
'The Ass Eating Thistles', an illustration by JVL in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 64.
Here is the fable, as told by Charles Draper in 1760.
The Ass Eating Thistles
Ass, loaded with provisions, meeting with some Thistles, began to devour them
with much greediness. In the midst of his coarse repast he said thus: The
provisions I carry cannot seem more exquisite to delicate palates, or more
agreeable to their appetite, than this harsh thistle is to me.
One person’s meat is another person’s poison.
Text: Charles Draper (116, 1760).
Selected parallels: Babrius 133. Chambry 280. Perry 360.
'A Dog who was afraid of the Rain', an illustration by JVL in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989.
This is the 60th fable to be found in Roger L'Estrange's Fables and Storyes Moralized. Being a Second Part of The Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists, &c, London, Printed for R. Sare at Grayes-Inn-gate in Holbourn, 1699, page 53.
Here is Roger L'Estrange's text, with spelling and other idiosyncrasies in tact:
The Dog who was Afraid of
was observ’d in a Family with all Sorts of Dogs in’t, that one Curr among the
rest would never be gotten out of the House in Rainy Weather. His Fellows took
Notice of it; and would never let him be quiet till he told them the Meaning
on’t: which, in short was This: I was terribly scalt once, a great while ago,
and I have been afraid of Water, says he, ever since. His Companions told him
he talk’d like a Fool, for Rain-water was
Cold, and there could be no Danger in it. Well
well! Says he, let it be Hot, or let it be Cold, ’tis Water still; and
how shall I know whether it be the one or the other, till I feel it? And by
That time, it will be too late to prevent the Mischief.
Moral: It is folly to fear something
without a proper cause but it is wise to be wary when there is reasonable
ground for it.