“The Grandee”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Grandee

ONCE, in the days of old, a certain Grandee passed from his richly dight bed into the realm which Pluto sways. To speak more simply, he died. And so, as was anciently the custom, he appeared before the justice-seat of Hades. Straightway he was asked, “Where were you born ? What have you been ? ”

” I was bom in Persia, and my rank was that of a Satrap. But, as my health was feeble during my lifetime, I never exercised any personal control in my province, but left everything to be done by my secretary-.”

” But you — what did you do ? ”

” I ate, drank, and slept ; and I signed everything he set before me.”

” In with him, then, at once into Paradise ! ”

” How now ! Where is the justice of this ? ” thereupon exclaimed Mercury, forgetting all politeness.

” Ah, brother,” answered Eacus, ” you know nothing about it. But don’t you see this ? The dead man was a fool. What would have happened if he, who had such роwег in his hands, had unfortunately interfered in business ? Why, he would have ruined the whole province. The tears which would have flowed then would have been beyond all calculation. Therefore it is that he has gone into Paradise, because he did not interfere with business.”

I was in court yesterday, and I saw a judge there. There can be no doubt that he will go into Paradise.

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