Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
598. THE BUTCHER AND THE DOG
Perry 254 (Syntipas
A dog went into a butcher's shop and stole the heart of some animal.
The butcher turned around and said to him, 'You haven't stolen my heart;
indeed, I have taken heart from this lesson! So if you ever come back
in here again, I will give you the reward you deserve for this act of
This fable shows that someone can be induced by experience to learn
his lesson and be on his guard.
Note: In Greek, the 'heart' was considered a seat of intelligence (something
like our 'brains'), whereas we commonly associate the heart with feelings
and emotions. Instead of losing heart (= losing his wits), the butcher
has taken heart (= wised up).
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.