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The Fox that Longed for Grapes April 26, 2014

Posted by anagasto in philosophy, poetry.
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The fable was written about 2500 years ago and has since been translated, retold, and explained 1000 times in every language of the world.
Now there are many different versions. The probable author is Aesop.

Mostly the writers explain that the fox did not want to admit defeat.
None explains why a fox would try so hard to get some grapes.
Was he maybe a vegetarian or a new age  dupe?

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That  fox tried hard to reach some grapes, but had to give it up, and so he said to himself: “Anyway, they aren’t  ripe yet, and who wants sour grapes.”

Cierto zorro gascón, dicen otros que era normando,
En lo alto de una parra, vio, ya casi muerto de hambre,
Unas uvas bermejas,
Visiblemente maduras…
Con ganas el sinvergüenza se las hubiera comido
Pero no podía alcanzarlas.
” Demasiado verde están. Son buenas para un sirviente.”

¿No fue esto mejor, acaso, que si se hubiese quejado?

Traducción: Miguel Frontán

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Certain renard gascon, d’autres disent normand,
Mourant presque de faim, vit au haut d’une treille
Des raisins mûrs apparemment ,
Et couverts d’une peau vermeille.
Le galand en eut fait volontiers un repas;
Mais comme il n’y pouvait point atteindre:
«Ils sont trop verts, dit-il, et bons pour des goujats.»

Fit-il pas mieux que de se plaindre?

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Una Volpe, chi dice di Guascogna,
e chi di Normandia,
morta affamata, andando per la via,
in un bel tralcio d’uva s’incontrò,
così matura e bella in apparenza,
che damigella subito pensò
di farsene suo pro.

Ma dopo qualche salto,
visto che troppo era la vite in alto,
pensò di farne senza.
E disse: – È un’uva acerba, un pasto buono
per ghiri e per scoiattoli -.

Ciò che non posso aver, ecco ti dono.

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Credits: The story is by Aesop, the translations are from lafontaine.net/nouveau , and the drawing is by my cousin Peter.
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1. ingtnfqvnzz@gmail.com - April 26, 2014

You know it’s just the same in any other field.
You’d think history teaches us at least anything, but that’s so rare.
Hate all you want but the world changes, and none of us have no control over it.
E.g., imagine Obama had enough balls to put Russian bear to his place, but it seems like it’s not happening, welcome WW3.
Great post, thanks!


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