Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
60. The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail (Perry
A FOX caught in a trap escaped, but in so doing lost his tail. Thereafter,
feeling his life a burden from the shame and ridicule to which he was
exposed, he schemed to convince all the other Foxes that being tailless
was much more attractive, thus making up for his own deprivation. He assembled
a good many Foxes and publicly advised them to cut off their tails, saying
that they would not only look much better without them, but that they
would get rid of the weight of the brush, which was a very great inconvenience.
One of them interrupting him said, 'If you had not yourself lost your
tail, my friend, you would not thus counsel us.'
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