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The Bat and the Two Weasels

"The Bat and the Two Weasels" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that centers around a bat who gets caught in the nests of two weasels on separate occasions. The bat cleverly convinces each weasel that it is a different creature, a bird and a mouse, respectively. The story serves as a metaphor for the importance of adapting to one's circumstances and the value of wit and cunning. This thought-provoking tale conveys a timeless lesson about survival and quick thinking.

Genre: Fable

Submitted by davidb on September 28, 2023

A Bat one day into a Weasel's hole Went boldly; well, it was a special blunder. The Weasel, hating mice with heart and soul, Ran up to eat the stranger--where's the wonder? "How do you dare," he said, "to meet me here, When you and I are foes, and always were? Aint you a mouse?--lie not, and cast off fear; You are; or I'm no Weasel: have a care." "Now, pardon me," replied the Bat, "I'm really anything but that. What! I a mouse? the wicked tattlers lie. Thanks to the Maker of all human things, I am a bird--here are my wings: Long live the cleavers of the sky!" These arguments seemed good, and so The Weasel let the poor wretch go. But two days later, though it seems absurd, The simpleton into another hole intruded. This second Weasel hated every bird, And darted on the rash intruder. "There you mistake," the Bat exclaimed; "Look at me, ain[']t I rashly blamed? What makes a bird? its feathers?--yes. I am a mouse--long live the rats, And Jupiter take all the cats." So twice, by his supreme address, This Bat was saved--thanks to finesse. Many there are who, changing uniform, Have laughed at every danger and intrigue; The wise man cries, to 'scape the shifting storm, "Long live the King!" or, "Glory to the League!"
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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