Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
80. THE DEER AND THE VINE
Perry 77 (Chambry
A deer who was being pursued by hunters hid under a grapevine. When the
hunters had passed by, she turned her head and began to eat the leaves
of the vine. One of the hunters turned and when he saw the deer, he hurled
his javelin and struck her. As she was dying, the deer groaned to herself,
'It serves me right, since I injured the vine that saved me!'
This fable can used against people who are punished by God for having
harmed their benefactors.
Note: For a story about the goat and the vine, see Fable
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.