Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
91. A HUNTED BEVER (Perry 118)
The Bever is a kind of amphibious Creature, but he lives mostly in the
Water. His Stones, they say, are medicinal; and it is principally for
their Sake, he knows, that People seek his Life; and therefore when he
finds himself hard pinch'd, he bites 'em off, and by leaving them to his
Pursuers, he saves himself.
THE MORAL. When a greater Interest is at stake, 'tis a warrantable
Point of Honour and Discretion, to compound the Hazard, by parting with
the less; provided, that while we quit the one, we may save the other.
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.