Thursday, September 08, 2005
The Ass's Shadow
In point of fact, though, it's the title attributed to this fable from Aesop:
On a hot summer day a youth hired an ass to carry him from Athens to Megara. At mid-day the heat of the sun was so scorching that, feeling faint, he dismounted to rest himself in the shadow of the ass. Thereupon the driver disputed the place with him, declaring that he had an equal right to it with any other.
"What!" exclaimed the youth. "Did I not hire the ass for the whole journey?"
"Yes, indeed," said the driver, "you hired the ass, but you did not hire the ass's shadow."
And while they were wrangling the ass took to his heels and ran away.
The moral, according to Companion Library's book of Aesop's Fables is, "Too many disagreements have naught but a shadow for a basis." I don't see it.
Some other fable titles that would work as nicknames:
- The Bald Knight
- The Mischevious Dog
- The Quack Frog
- The Vain Crow