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The Fox, the Flies, and the Hedgehog

"The Fox, the Flies, and the Hedgehog" is a collection of fables by Jean de La Fontaine. The book explores various moral and philosophical themes through tales featuring animals. Each story is a metaphorical representation of human nature, society, or life lessons. Translated and compiled from the original French, the book is known for its wit, humor, and insightful depiction of the complexities of human behavior.

Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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Wounded and weak, and dripping fast with blood, A Fox crept wearily through mire and mud. Quickly attracted by the hopeful sight, A Fly--a restless, winged parasite-- Came to show sympathy--and bite. The Fox accused the gods on high, Thought Fate had vexed him cruelly. "Why attack me?--am I a treat? When were the Foxes thought good meat? I, the most nimble, clever beast, Am I to be for flies a feast? Now Heaven confound the paltry thing So small, yet with so sharp a sting!" A Hedgehog, hearing all his curses (His first appearance in my verses), Wished to set the poor beast free Of the Flies' importunity. "My neighbour," said the worthy soul, "I'll use my darts, and slay the whole." "For Heaven's sake!" poor Reynard says, "Don't do it! Let them go their ways. These animals are full, you see: New ones will bite more greedily." Such torments in this land are seen,-- Courtiers and magistrates, I mean. Great Aristotle likens flies To certain men; and he was wise. But when such folk get full of gold, They're less importunate, I'm told.
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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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