Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE MAN, HIS WIFE AND THE BOY OUTSIDE
There was a boy singing sweet serenades in the middle of the night. A woman
heard him and got up from bed to peep out the window at him. When she saw the
boy, who looked very beautiful in the shining moonlight, she left her husband
asleep and went downstairs and out the door. She then met the boy in the street
and satisfied herself completely. All of a sudden her husband woke up and wanted
to find out where his wife had gone. Not finding her inside the house, he didn't
just stand there gaping but instead followed her outside and said, 'It's alright.
Go ahead and persuade the boy to sleep in our house.' So he took the boy and
brought him inside. He didn't have any trouble after that, and joined in whenever
the two of them wanted to do something.
That's the story, and the message of the fable is that it is a bad thing
to just stand there gaping like a fool when you can manage to enjoy yourself.
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.
Perry 350: Gibbs (Oxford) 574 [English]
Perry 350: Babrius 116 [Greek]
You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his
edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library
(Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested
in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.