Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
179. THE WOLF, THE FOX AND THE MONKEY
Perry 474 (Phaedrus
Once you get a reputation for dirty tricks, nobody is going to take
you seriously, even if you are telling the truth, as one of Aesop's fables
The wolf had accused the fox of theft but the fox denied that she was
guilty of the crime. The presiding judge was a monkey. Each of the plaintiffs
pleaded their case and the monkey is then said to have pronounced the
following verdict: 'As for you, wolf, I do not believe you lost the goods
claimed in your suit; as for you, fox, I am convinced you stole the goods,
no matter how firmly you deny it.'
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.