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The Heifer, the She-Goat, and the Lamb, in Partnership with the Lion

The Heifer, the She-Goat, and the Lamb, in Partnership with the Lion is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that gently uses animals to point out human faults and lessons. The novel chronicles the partnership between the heifer, the she-goat, and the lamb with the lion. Illustrated with grim humor, the fable uses its characters to demonstrate the consequences of engaging in unequal partnerships, particularly with those who are mightier and more powerful.


Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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The Heifer, Lamb, and Nanny-goat were neighbours, With a huge Lion living close at hand, They shared the gains and losses of their labours (All this was long ago, you understand). One day a stag was taken as their sport; The Goat, who snared him, was of course enraptured, And sent for all the partners of her toil, In order to divide the treasure captured. They came. The Lion, counting on his claws, Quartered the prey, and thus addressed the trio-- "The parts are four. I take the first, because I am your monarch, and my name is Leo: Being the strongest, I annex the second; As bravest, I can claim another share, Should any touch the fourth, or say I reckoned Unjustly, I shall kill him. So beware."
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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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