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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 015)

Based on Κύων κρέας φέρουσα

Country of origin: Greece

Story type: Dog Drops his Meat for the Reflection (ATU 34A)


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The Dog and the Shadow

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat double his own in size. He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him. He thus lost both: that which he grasped at in the water, because it was a shadow; and his own, because the stream swept it away.