Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
333. THE CRAB ON DRY LAND
Perry 116 (Chambry
A crab came up from out of the sea and was looking for food on the land.
A hungry fox saw the crab, ran up, and grabbed him. As he was about to
be eaten, the crab exclaimed, 'It serves me right! I am a creature of
the sea but I wanted to live on dry land.'
The fable shows that people are bound to fail when they abandon their
familiar pursuits and take up a business they know nothing about.
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.