Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
208. THE COWHIDE AND THE RIVER
Perry 368 (Chambry
The river saw that a cowhide was being swept along by his current, so
he said to her, 'What is your name?' The cowhide answered, 'They call
me "Tough." ' Splashing the hide with his waves, the river said,
'You better get yourself another name, since I am going to soften you
This fable shows that life's disasters can often bring boastful and
presumptuous people back down to earth.
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.