Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
444. THE FOX AND THE HARE IN THE WELL
Perry 408 (Syntipas
A thirsty hare had gone done into a well to drink the water. He took
a good long drink, and when he wanted to get back out again, he found
himself trapped with no means of escape. It was a very discouraging situation.
A fox then arrived on the scene and when she found the hare she said to
him, 'You have made a very serious mistake indeed: you should have first
decided on a way to get out and only then gone down into the well!'
This fable indicts people who act impulsively, without thinking things
Note: For a story in which the fox gets herself trapped in a well,
see Fable 113.
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.