“Fortune’s Visit”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

Russian Fable

Krylov and his fables

Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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Fortune’s Visit

AT the extremity of a town stood a wretched old house. In it lived three brothers, who could not get rich.

Somehow, there was not a single thing that succeeded with them. Whatever any one of them took in hand was sure to prove unsuccessful : on all sides they met with hindrance and loss ; and, according to them, it was all the fault of Fortune.

It happened that Fortune paid them a visit as she was passing by, and, touched by their great poverty, determined to do all she could to help them in everything they undertook, and to spend a whole summer with them. A whole summer I — a long time indeed. Well, the poor fellows soon find their affairs assuming a different aspect. One of them, although he was a poor hand at trading, gets a great profit now on everything he either buys or sells, utterly forgets that such a thing as loss exists, and rapidly becomes as rich as Croesus. The second enters the public service. At another time he would have stuck fast among the copyists ; but now he reaps successes on all sides. Every time he gives a dinner, or pays a visit of ceremony, he gets either rank conferred upon him or a place given him. See, he has an estate, a mansion in town, and a box in the country

And now you will ask, what advantage did the third brother obtain ? I suppose that Fortune really helped him also ? Certainly ; from his side she scarcely ever absented herself The third brother chased flies all the summer, and that with the most wonderful success. I don’t know whether he used to be clever at that sort of thing in former days, but during that summer his labour was never thrown away. In whatever manner he moved his hand (thanks to Fortune), he never once missed his shot.

But see ! their guest, meanwhile, has brought her stay with the brothers to an end, and has set out on a long journey. Two of the brothers have gained greatly. One of them is rich ; the other has got riches and rank besides. But the third brother curses his fate, inasmuch as malignant Fortune has left him nothing but a beggar’s wallet.

< < < The Fox As Architect
The Lion, The Chamois, And The Fox > > >

Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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