Friday, 30 September 2011

Added Value: Things found in books part twelve Felix Lorioux

Tri-fold brochure with illustrations by Felix Lorioux. French text. Le Renard et La Cigogne or The Fox and the Stork by Jean de La Fontaine.

Father Fox, who was known to be mean, invited Dame Stork in to dinner. There was nothing but soup that could scarcely be seen: Soup never was served any thinner. And the worst of it was, as I'm bound to relate, Father Fox dished it up on a flat china plate. Dame Stork, as you know, has a very long beak: Not a crumb or drop could she gather had she pecked at the plate every day in the week. But as for the Fox--sly old Father: With his tongue lapping soup at a scandalous rate, he licked up the last bit and polished the plate.

Pretty soon Mistress Stork spread a feast of her own; Father Fox was invited to share it. He came, and he saw, and he gave a great groan: The stork had known how to prepare it. She had meant to get even, and now was her turn: Father Fox was invited to eat from an urn. The urn's mouth was small, and it had a long neck. The food in it smelled most delightful.Dame Stork, with her beak in, proceeded to peck; But the Fox found that fasting is frightful. Home he sneaked. On his way there he felt his ears burn when he thought of the Stork and her tall, tricky urn.

Found in The Fables of Aesop illustrated by Edward Detmold. Publishers review copy. Facsimile edition published in 1981.

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  1. Lovely. What nice rhyming. Justice was served in the end.

  2. barbaraannefisher1 October 2011 at 07:19

    It is nicely rhymed but I can’t help wondering why Father Fox didn’t just tip the contents out of the urn. Dame Stork certainly got the worst end of the deal. I love the sly look the fox is giving the stork in the first picture.


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