~ 141. Fortuna and the Boy ~



There was a young boy who fell asleep on the edge of a well.
The goddess Fortuna, or "Lady Luck" as some call her, came and stood next to the boy. "Wake up!" she said to him. "Wake up, boy, and go sleep somewhere else!"
The boy opened his eyes and looked at the goddess sleepily. "What difference does it make to you?" he asked.
"If you fall in the well, everybody will blame it on me," said the goddess, "instead of blaming you and your reckless behavior."
The moral: Don't blame bad luck when the fault is your own.

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 813 in the book, which is Perry 174.

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