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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

133. A MOLE AND HER DAM (Perry 214)

Mother (says a Mole to her Dam) here’s a strange Smell methinks. And then she was at it again, there’s a Mulberry Tree I perceive. And a third time, what a clattering of Hammers do I hear. Daughter, says the old one, you have now quite betray’d yourself; for I thought you had wanted only one Sense, and now I find you want three; for you can neither hear, nor smell, any more than you can see.
THE MORAL. Men labour under many Imperfections that no body would take notice of, if themselves were not over-solicitous to conceal.


L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir Roger L'Estrange. Aesop - Fables which is available at amazon.com.