Monday, December 13, 2010

L'Estrange: A Wolf and a Porcupine.

Your Porcupine and your Hedge-Hog, are somewhat alike, only the Former has longer and sharper Prickles than the Other; and these Prickles he can shoot and dart at an Enemy. There was a Wolf had a mind to be dealing with him, if he could but get him disarm'd first; and so he told the Porcupine in a friendly way, that it did not look well for People in a Time of Peace, to go Arm'd, as if they were in a Seate of War; and so advis'd him to lay his Bristles aside; for (says he) you may take them up at pleasure. Do you talk of a State of War? says the Porcupine, why, that's my present Case, and the very Reason of my standing to my Arms, so long as a Wolf is in Company.

No Man, or State can be safe in Peace, that is no always in readiness to encounter an Enemy in Case of War.


Source: L'Estrange 320.


Here is a histrix from the Bestiaria Latina Zoo.

M0097 (not in Perry)

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