THE LION AND THE ELEPHANT
The lion often found fault with the way he had been designed by Prometheus.
Admittedly, Prometheus had made the lion very large and handsome, supplying
him with sharp fangs in his jaw and arming him with claws on his feet; in short
he had made the lion more powerful than all the other animals. 'Yet great though
I may be,' said the lion, 'I am terribly afraid of roosters!' Prometheus replied,
'Why waste your time blaming me? You have every good quality that I was able
to create, and you are afraid of absolutely nothing, except for roosters.' The
lion kept on lamenting his condition, criticizing himself for being a coward
until finally he just wanted to die. It was when he was in this frame of mind
that the lion ran into the elephant. The lion greeted the elephant, and stopped
to converse with him. When he saw that the elephant kept on flapping his ears,
the lion inquired, 'What's the matter with you? Why do you keep on flapping
your ears like that?' As the elephant began to speak, a gnat came whizzing by
and the elephant said, 'Do you see this little thing, this little buzzing thing?
If it gets inside my ear, I'm doomed.' 'Well then,' the lion concluded, 'why
should I die of shame? I am an excellent creature indeed, and in much better
shape than this elephant: roosters are more formidable than gnats, after all!'
You see what strength a gnat must have, given that he provokes fear in the