“The Cook And The Cat”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Cook And The Cat

A CERTAIN Cook, rather more educated than his fellows, went from his kitchen one day to a neighbouring tavern — he was of a serious turn of mind, and on that day he celebrated the anniversary of a friend’s death — leaving a Cat at home, to guard his viands from the mice. On his return, what does he see ? The floor strewed with fragments of a pie, and Vaska the Cat crouching in a corner behind a vinegar-barrel, purring with satisfaction, and busily engaged in disposing of a chicken.

” Ah, glutton ! ah, evil-doer ! ” exclaims the reproachful Cook. ” Are you not ashamed of being seen by these walls, let alone living witnesses ? What ! be an honourable Cat up to this time — one who might be pointed out as a model of discretion ! And now, ah me ! how great a disgrace ! Now all the neighbours will say, ‘ The cat Vaska is a rogue ; the cat Vaska is a thief. Alaska must not be admitted into the kitchen, not even into the courtyard, any more than a ravenous wolf into the sbeepfold. He is utterly corrupt ; he is a pest, the plague of the neighbourhood.’ ”

Thus did our orator, letting loose the current of his words, lecture away without stopping. But what was the result ?

While he was delivering his discourse, Vaska the Cat ate up the whole of the chicken.

I would advise some cooks to inscribe these words on their walls : ” Don’t waste time in useless speech, when it is action that is needed.”

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