~ 52. The Wolf and the Goats in a Tub ~



A wolf saw two goats standing on a big tub.
"Thank God for sending me such good food!" he shouted as he ran towards them.
But before he could grab them, the goats jumped down inside the tub. "There is holy water here so that we can conduct the Mass," they said. "Please let us sing a hymn and say our prayers, and you can eat us afterwards."
"Okay," said the pious wolf. "I will sing and pray with you!"
The goats bleated and the wolf howled. This sound alerted a farmer who came and beat the wolf to death.

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 323 in the book, which is Perry 699. In the original story the goats are standing on an oven; I changed it to a tub where they could say they had holy water. The original story goes on at great length about the wolf, but I just had the farmer finish him off.



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