Friday, September 10, 2010

L'Estrange: A Fox and Grapes

There was a Time when a Fox would have ventur’d as far for a Bunch of Grapes as for a Shoulder of Mutton; and it was a Fox of those Days, and that Palate, that stood gaping under a Vine, and licking his Lips at a most delicious Cluster of Grapes that he had spy’d out there; he fetch’d a hundred and a hundred Leaps at it, till at last, when he was as weary as a Dog, and found that there was no Good to be done; Hang ‘em (says he) they are as sour as Crabs; and so away he went, turning off the Disappointment with a Jest.

‘Tis Matter of Skill and Address, when a Man cannot honestly compass what he would be at, to appear easy and indifferent upon all Repulses and Disappointments.

Source: L'Estrange 129.
Vulpes et Uva

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the McLoughlin images. I like the way there is also a watchdog taking care of these grapes, too. Yet another good reason for the fox to be on her way!

M0037 Perry015

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