Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
554. THE SNAIL AND THE MIRROR
Perry 559 (Ademar
A snail found a mirror and when she saw how brightly he shone, she fell
in love with him. She quickly climbed up onto the mirror's round surface
and began to lick him. The snail clearly was no good for the mirror and
only besmirched his lustrous radiance with filth and slime. A monkey then
found the mirror after it had been dirtied by the snail, and remarked,
'That's what happens when you let someone like that walk all over you!'
For women who marry worthless fools.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.