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Author: Jean de La Fontaine - 1668

Translated into English
  by Frederick Colin Tilney - 1913

Original title (French):
Le Singe et le Chat

Country of origin: France


English - aligned

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The Ape

Jean de La Fontaine / Frederick Colin Tilney

There is an ape in Paris to whom a wife was once given; and he,
imitating many another husband, beat the poor creature to such an extent
that she sighed all the breath out of her body and died.

Their son uttered the most doleful howls as a protest to this terrible

The father laughs now. His wife is dead and he already has found other
lady companions, whom, no doubt, he beats in the same way; for he haunts
the taverns and is frequently tipsy.

Never expect anything good from people who imitate, whether they be apes
or authors. Of the two the worst kind is the imitating author.