“The Peasant And The Sheep”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Peasant And The Sheep

A PEASANT summoned a Sheep into court, charging the poor thing with a criminal offence. The judge was — the Fox. The case got into full swing immediately. Plaintiff and defendant were equally adjured to state, point by point, and without both speaking at once, how the affair took place, and in what their proofs consisted.

Says the Peasant : ” On such and such a day, I missed two of my fowls early in the morning. Nothing was left of them but bones and feathers. And no one had been in the yard but the Sheep.” Then the Sheep depones that it was fast asleep all the night in question; and it calls all its neighbours to testify that they had never known it guilty either of theft or of any roguery ; and, besides this, it states that it never touches flesh-meat.

Here is the Fox’s decision, word for word :

” The explanation of the Sheep cannot under any circumstances be accepted. For all rogues are notoriously clever at concealing their real designs ; and it appears manifest, on due inquiry, that on the aforesaid night the Sheep was not separated from the fowls; and fowls are exceedingly savoury, and opportunity favoured it. Therefore I decide, according to my conscience, that it is impossible that the Sheep could have forborne to eat the fowls ; and accordingly the Sheep shall be put to death, and its carcase shall be given to the court, and its fleece shall be taken by the plaintiff.”

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Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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