Thursday, September 9, 2010

L'Estrange: A Fox and a Sick Lion

A Certain Lion that had got a Politick Fit of Sickness, made it his Observation, that all of the Beasts in the Forest, the Fox never came at him: And so he wrote him word how ill he was, and how mighty glad he should be of his Company, upon the Score of antient Friendship and Acquaintance. The Fox return’d the Complement with a thousand Prayers for his Recovery; but as for waiting upon him, he desired to be excus’d; for (says he) I find the Traces of abundance of Feet going into your Majesty’s Palace, and not one that comes back again.

The kindness of ill-natur’d and designing People should be throughly consider’d and examin’d, before we give credit to them.

Source: L'Estrange 54.
leo et vulpes

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the colored Steinhowel images. You can see the artist has even drawn in some of those tell-tale animal tracks!

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