Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 20. The Fox and the Mask (Perry
A Fox had by some means got into the store-room of a theatre. Suddenly
he observed a face glaring down on him and began to be very frightened;
but looking more closely he found it was only a Mask such as actors use
to put over their face. "Ah," said the Fox, "you look very
fine; it is a pity you have not got any brains."
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
Richard Heighway (1894). The page images come from Google
Books. The digitized text comes from Project
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