Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
261. THE MOLE AND HIS MOTHER
Perry 214 (Chambry
The mole is a handicapped animal: he is blind. There was once a mole
who wanted to kiss his mother, but instead of pressing up against her
mouth, he pressed against her private parts. His brothers realized what
he was doing and one of them remarked, 'It serves you right! You had great
expectations, but you have gone and lost even your sense of smell.'
The story shows that a sinful mind can even change a person's nature,
causing it to be impaired.
Note: This bizarre version of the blind mole motif should probably
not even be considered the 'same' story as the preceding two fables,
although they have been inventoried as a single fable by modern editors.
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.