~ 5. The Lion and the Mouse ~



As a mouse ran over a sleeping lion, the lion awoke and grabbed her.
"Let me go, please!" squeaked the mouse. "I'll repay your kindness, I promise!"
"What could you ever do for me?" scoffed the lion. "I'm letting you go only because it's not worth my time to kill you."
A few days later, the lion was caught in a hunter's snare. He roared in terror, and the little mouse ran to the rescue, gnawing through the ropes and freeing the lion.
"I was wrong about you," said the grateful lion. "You're a good friend to have after all."

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 208 in the book, which is Perry 150.



1 comment:

  1. "True Penance"
    -by hardy parkerson

    Latin is a language
    As hard as it can be;
    You can speak it to your neighbor,
    You can speak it to a tree.

    Neither will understand you,
    No, not in the least;
    That is, unless your neighbor
    Is a Roman Catholic priest.

    Then you can tell him, "MEA CULPA,
    MEA CULPA, MEA MAIXMA CUPLA!":
    That Latin confessional sentence;
    And he'll tell you go and sin no more
    And read some Latin as your penance.

    When I quote this to a LA priest,
    they always seem to like it. s/Hardy P.



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