Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
383. THE FOXES AT THE RIVER
Perry 232 (Chambry
There were once some foxes who had gathered together on the banks of
the River Meander looking for a drink of water. They urged one another
to approach the river, but no one dared to get too close because of the
rushing current. Then one of the foxes came forward in order to embarrass
her fellow foxes. Laughing at their cowardice and convinced that she was
braver than the rest, she boldly leaped into the water. As the current
carried her out into the middle of the river her companions stood on the
riverbank and shouted at her, 'Don't leave us! Come back and show us how
to get down to the water so that we can also take a drink.' The fox replied
as she was being swept downstream, 'I've got a message to take to Miletus,
and I need to carry it there; when I come back I will show you!'
This is a story for people who get themselves into trouble because
of their boasting.
Note: Miletus was a Greek city near the mouth of the River Meander
in western Anatolia (modern Turkey).
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.