Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
58. TWO YOUNG MEN AND A COOK (Perry
Two young Fellows slipt into a Cook's Shop, and while the Master was
busy at his Work, one of them stole a piece of Flesh, and convey'd it
to the other. The Master miss'd it immediately, and challeng'd them with
the Theft; He that took it, swore he had none on't: and he that had it,
swore as desperately that he did not take it. The Cook reflecting upon
the Conceit: Well, my Masters (says he) these Frauds and Fallacies may
pass upon Men, but there's an Eye above that sees through them.
THE MORAL. There's no putting of Trickes upon an all-seeing Power;
as if he that made our Hearts, and knows every Nook and Corner of them,
could not see through the childish Fallacy of a double Meaning.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.