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

Perry 50 (Babrius 32)

A weasel once fell in love with a handsome young man and the blessed goddess Aphrodite, the mother of desire, allowed the weasel to change her shape, so that she appeared to be a beautiful woman whom any man would be glad to take as his wife. As soon as the young man laid eyes on her, he also fell in love and wanted to marry her. While the wedding feast was in progress, a mouse ran by. The bride leaped up from her richly decorated couch and began to run after the mouse, thus bringing an end to the wedding. After having played his little joke, Eros took his leave: Nature had proved stronger than Love.

Note: Eros is the Greek personification of Desire, like 'Cupid' in Latin. This story has much in common with the Greek proverb, 'weasels don't wear wedding gowns' (Zenobius 2.93, who directly associates this proverb with the Aesopic fable).

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.