Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
269. The Mother and the Wolf (Perry
A FAMISHED WOLF was prowling about in the morning in search of food.
As he passed the door of a cottage built in the forest, he heard a Mother
say to her child, 'Be quiet, or I will throw you out of the window, and
the Wolf shall eat you.' The Wolf sat all day waiting at the door. In
the evening he heard the same woman fondling her child and saying: 'You
are quiet now, and if the Wolf should come, we will kill him.' The Wolf,
hearing these words, went home, gasping with cold and hunger. When he
reached his den, Mistress Wolf inquired of him why he returned wearied
and supperless, so contrary to his wont. He replied: 'Why, forsooth! use
I gave credence to the words of a woman!'
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google