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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 208)

Based on Ἀλώπηξ καὶ βότρυς

Country of origin: Greece

Story type: Fox and the Sour Grapes (ATU 59)


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The Fox and the Grapes

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A FAMISHED FOX saw some clusters of ripe black grapes hanging
from a trellised vine. She resorted to all her tricks to get at
them, but wearied herself in vain, for she could not reach them.
At last she turned away, hiding her disappointment and saying:
"The Grapes are sour, and not ripe as I thought."