Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
430. THE DOG AND THE SHELLFISH
Perry 253 (Chambry
There was a certain dog who liked to swallow eggs. When he happened to
come across a shellfish, he thought it was an egg. The dog opened his
mouth, took a great big gulp, and swallowed the shellfish whole. When
his stomach grew heavy and began to ache, the dog remarked, 'Well, that's
what I get for thinking that anything round must be an egg!'
The story teaches us that there are unexpected consequences in store
for people who attempt to do something that is beyond their comprehension.
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.