Cerva in Spelunca

Cerva canes audit, et sibi dicit, "Ubi canes, ibi venatores!"
Cerva valde venatores timet, et eorum canes timet quoque.
Sic territa, cerva venatores celeriter fugit, et in speluncam pervenit.
Cerva sibi cogitat, "Ecce spelunca! In hac spelunca latebo. Si in spelunca latebo, venatores me non invenient."
Fortuna sua gaudens, cerva in speluncam intrat, dicens, "Nunc salva sum!"
Sed in hac spelunca vivit leo! Leo cervam comprehendit, fortuna sua gaudens.
Ab leone comprehensa, cerva ad mortem se parat, exclamans, "Vae mihi! Hominem fugiens, ferae me tradidi, et nunc moritura sum."
Fabula docet: Homines quoque, minoribus periculis territi, in mala maiora incurrunt.



Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una.
Notes: This story is Fable 159. Cerva in Speluncam Fugiens, from De Furia's Latin translation of the Greek Aesop (Perry 76). I have simplified the story, making it easier to read. For an English version (not a translation), see: The Deer in the Cave.

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