PART III. B.
FABLES ATTRIBUTED TO PHÆDRUS
THE TREES AND THE AXE
When the rich surrender the rights of the poor, they give a handle to be used against their own privileges.
(Phædrus, Fables, Appendix I, No. 5; Thomas James' translation.)
THE SNAIL AND THE MONKEY
A SNAIL, happening to find a mirror, was fascinated by its brightness, and climbing upon its glittering surface began to lick it lovingly, thinking that he could in no better way show his admiration than by thus dimming its splendour with a trail of slime.
A Monkey, seeing the mirror thus disfigured, said: