Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE BAT, THE BOOBY AND THE BRAMBLE BUSH
The bat, the booby and the bramble bush made a corporation and went into business
together. The bat got some gold on credit, the booby some copper and the bramble
bush some clothing. They loaded the goods on a ship and immediately set sail.
All of a sudden the sea began to surge and a squall blew up, churning the waters
into an immense wave which broke the ship into pieces and sent everything on
board down to the bottom of the sea. Ever since that time, the bat has flapped
in headlong flight from her creditors, hiding herself away and venturing out
only at night; the booby spends his time on the sea, looking for the copper,
and the bramble bush grabs hold of every wayfarer's cloak, hoping to find the
This fable shows that after some risky business has come to an end, everyone
must stay attentive so that they don't fall into the same misfortune once again.
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 171: Gibbs (Oxford) 500 [English]
Perry 171: L'Estrange 146 [English]
Perry 171: Chambry 250 [Greek]
Perry 171: Syntipas 36 [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.