Monday 10 November 2014

The Lioness and the Fox

'The Lioness and the Fox', an illustration by John Vernon Lord 
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 125.
The text:

The Lioness and the Fox
There was a competition among all the animals, about which one could boast of the largest family. So a fox, who was their spokesman, came to the Lioness, and criticised her for only having one cub at a time. “Yes, only one,” said the Lioness, grimly; but that one is a lion.”

Moral:  Judge merit by quality rather than quantity.

Text: JVL (2014).

Selected parallels: L’Estrange 1/122. Chambry 194. Perry 257. TMI J281.1.

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