Tuesday 6 January 2015

'The Kid and the Wolf'

'The Kid and the Wolf' an illustration by John Vernon Lord in Aesop's Fables, 
Jonathan Cape, 1984, page 6.

The text:

The Kid on the Roof of a House and the Wolf
A KID standing on the roof of a house, out of harm's way, saw a Wolf passing by: and immediately began to taunt and revile him. The Wolf, looking up, said: “Sirrah! I hear thee:  yet it is not thou who mockest me, but the roof on which thou art standing."

Moral: The advantage of time and place often emboldens the weak to defy the strong.

Text: George Fyler Townsend (p47, 1868).
Selected parallels: Babrius 96. Chambry 106. Perry 98. TMI J974. 

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