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The Fox and the Grapes : Some people disparage what they can’t have.
The Fox and the Grapes

Based on the Greek of Babrius.

A hungry fox tries to hide his disappointment by making spiteful remarks.

A FOX was padding about a vineyard in the mountains, when he spotted some bunches of grapes hanging from a trellis.

He scampered over to them, as they were ripe and deep black, harvested in peak condition by someone who knew his business.

He leapt up at them eagerly, but found he could not reach them. Again and again he leapt, until he was worn out with effort, but it was no good.

The fox was bitterly disappointed.

‘Of course’ he said scornfully, ‘the farmer’s a fool, for I knew from the beginning he’d picked them before they were ripe’.

And the moral of that is, that some people disparage what they can’t have.

Based on the Greek of Babrius.

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Black grapes supported by a trellis wire, and nearing harvest in Ontario, Canada. © Graham, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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