“The Fox And The Marmot”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Peasant And The Robber > > >

The Fox And The Marmot

” W’HERE are you running so fast, gossip, without ever looking back ? ” a Marmot asked a Fox.

” Oh, my friend, my dear gossip, I have had a calumnious accusation brought against me, and I have been dismissed as an extortioner. You know, I was the judge of the poultryyard. In that position I lost my health and my peace of mind.

From the press of business, I never had time to get a comfortable meal, and at nights I could not sleep soundly. And now, in return for this, I have incurred the wrath of my employers, and all on account of a calumny. Only just think !

Who in the world shall be without reproach, if calumnies are listened to ? I an extortioner ! Do they suppose I ‘ve gone out of my mind? Now, I appeal to you, have you ever seen that I took part in that wickedness ? Think the matter over; reflect on it well.”

” No, gossip, no ; but I have often remarked that there was some down on your muzzle.”

Many an official complains that he is forced to spend every rouble he has ; and all the town knows that, originally, he had nothing, and that he got nothing with his wife. But see ! little by little he builds a house ; he buys an estate. Now, in what manner can you reconcile his salary with his expenditure ? Although you can prove nothing against him legally, yet you will not be committing a sin if you say,

“That fellow has down on his muzzle.”

< < < The Impious
The Peasant And The Robber > > >

Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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