Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
93. A THUNNY AND A DOLPHIN (Perry 113)
A Thunny gave Chace to a Dolphin; and when he was just ready to seize
him, the Thunny struck before he was aware, and the Dolphin, in the Eagerness
of his Pursuit, ran himself a ground with him. They were both lost; but
the Thunny kept his Eye still upon the Dolphin, and observing him when
he was just at last Gasp; well, says he, the Thought of Death is now easy
to me, so long as I see my Enemy go for Company.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. 'Tis a wretched Satisfcation, that
a revengeful Man takes, even in the losing of his own Life, provided that
his Enemy may go for Company.
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.