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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 258)

Based on Κολοιὸς καὶ ἀλώπηξ. 

Country of origin: Greece

Story type: The Hungry Fox Waits in Vain for the Horse's Lips (Scrotum) to Fall Off (ATU 115)


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The Jackdaw and the Fox

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A HALF-FAMISHED JACKDAW seated himself on a fig-tree, which had produced some fruit entirely out of season, and waited in the hope that the figs would ripen. A Fox seeing him sitting so long and learning the reason of his doing so, said to him, "You are indeed, sir, sadly deceiving yourself; you are indulging a hope strong enough to cheat you, but which will never reward you with enjoyment."