Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
63. THE SNAKE, THE WEASEL AND THE MICE
Perry 197 (Chambry
A snake and a weasel were fighting with one another inside a house. The
mice who lived in the house were always being hunted down by either the
snake or the weasel, so when they saw the snake and the weasel fighting
with each other, they emerged from their holes and scurried around. When
the weasel and the snake saw what was happening, they stopped fighting
with each other and turned their attention to the mice.
The same is true in a city: if you recklessly get involved in a political
dispute, you will become an incidental casualty of the quarrel.
Note: The Greeks and the Romans used weasels (not cats) to keep their
houses free of vermin.
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.