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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

381. THE SHEPHERD, THE DOG AND THE SICK SHEEP
Perry 206 (Chambry 312 *)

A shepherd had a whelp that he fed on dead or dying sheep. One day he saw this dog standing near a sick lamb, looking sad and seeming to weep. The shepherd urged him to put a stop to this ostentation. 'You put on a fine show of sympathy!' he said to the dog. 'But let's hope instead that what you want is not going to happen after all.'
The fable shows that in the same way every heir to property pretends to sympathize with the sick man by making a hollow show of weeping.


Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.