Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 80. The Buffoon and the Countryman (Perry
At a country fair there was a Buffoon who made all the people laugh
by imitating the cries of various animals. He finished off by squeaking
so like a pig that the spectators thought that he had a porker concealed
about him. But a Countryman who stood by said: "Call that a pig s
squeak! Nothing like it. You give me till tomorrow and I will show you
what it's like." The audience laughed, but next day, sure enough,
the Countryman appeared on the stage, and putting his head down squealed
so hideously that the spectators hissed and threw stones at him to make
him stop. "You fools!" he cried, "see what you have been
hissing," and held up a little pig whose ear he had been pinching
to make him utter the squeals.
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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