Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
399. THE WOLF, THE HORSE AND THE BARLEY
Perry 154 (Chambry
As he was crossing through a field, a wolf found some barley. Since wolves
don't eat barley, he ignored it and continued on his way. The wolf then
ran into a horse. He led the horse into the field and showed him the barley,
saying that instead of eating the barley himself, he had saved it for
the horse, since he liked to hear the sound of the horse's teeth grinding
together. The horse then said to the wolf, 'Look here, if you wolves ate
barley, you would never have put the pleasure of your ears before your
The fable shows that nobody believes people who are inherently wicked,
even if they pretend to be good-natured.
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.