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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 533 (Phaedrus App. 1)

A monkey asked a fox to give him a part of her tail so that he could respectably cover up his bare behind. The malicious fox said in reply, 'Even if my tail grew longer than it is now, I would sooner drag it through filth and thorns than share even the smallest part of it with you!'

Note: There is a promythium appended to the fable in Perotti's Appendix: 'A greedy man does not gladly give anything away, even when he has enough for himself.' For the traditional enmity between the fox and the monkey, see Fable 24.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.