'The Belly and the Members', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 151.
The Belly and the Members
THE members of the Body rebelled
against the Belly, and said, “Why should we be perpetually engaged in
administering to your wants, while you do nothing but take your rest, and enjoy
yourself in luxury and self-indulgence?”
The Members carried out their resolve and refused their assistance to
the Belly. The whole Body quickly became
debilitated, and the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes, when too late, repented of
Moral: United we stand; divided we
Text: George Fyler Townsend (p54, 1868).
Selected parallels: Alluded to in the Bible, 1 Corinthians
12/11-27. Said to have been told by Menenius Agrippa to the poor citizens of
Rome, who had revolted against the Senate when they had been oppressed by taxes
and severe laws against debtors.
Plutarch, Coriolianus 6. Livy 1/30;3. Caxton, Romulus 3.16. Shakespeare,
Coriolanus 1/2. La Fontaine 3/2. L’Estrange 1/50. Chambry 159. Perry 130. Daly
130. TMI J461.1.
The person on the bed looks suspiciously like the one who drew the illustration!
'The Fox and the Grapes', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 114.
The Fox and the Grapes
Bunches of grapes were hanging from the vines in a vineyard. A fox came across them and was tempted to acquire some. The purple grapes looked delicious and they were perfectly ripe to eat. The fox jumped up and down trying to reach a bunch but failed after many attempts. Finally he gave up and declared that they were probably sour anyway.
'The Flea and the Man', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 135.
The Flea and the Man
A FLEA bit a Man, and bit him
again, and again, till he could stand it no longer, but made a thorough search
for it, and at last succeeded in catching it. Holding it between his finger and
thumb, he said - or rather shouted, so angry was he - “Who are you, pray, you
wretched little creature, that you make so free with my person?” The Flea,
terrified, whimpered in a weak little voice, “Oh , sir! pray let me go; don’t
kill me! I am such a little thing that I can’t do you much harm.” But the men
laughed and said, “I am going to kill you now, at once: whatever is bad has got
to be destroyed, no matter how slight the harm it does.”
Mortal: The persistent
aggravations by the small on the powerful can result in destruction.