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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:


As soon as someone clever gets into trouble, he tries to find a way out at someone else's expense.
A fox had unwittingly fallen down a well and found herself trapped inside its high walls. Meanwhile, a thirsty goat had made his way to that same place and asked the fox whether the water was fresh and plentiful. The fox set about laying her trap. 'Come down, my friend,' said the fox. 'The water is so good that I cannot get enough of it myself!' The bearded billy-goat lowered himself into the well, whereupon that little vixen leaped up on his lofty horns and emerged from the hole, leaving the goat stuck inside the watery prison.

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.

In Perry 408, the story is about a fox making fun of a hare who gets stuck in a well. In Perry 9, the story is more complex: the fox is trapped in the well, gets out with the help of a foolish goat, and the fox then makes fun of the goat trapped in the well.

Perry 9: Caxton 6.3 [English]
Perry 9: Gibbs (Oxford) 113 [English]
Perry 9: Jacobs 82 [English]
Perry 9: L'Estrange 83 [English]
Perry 9: Townsend 32 [English]
Perry 9: Steinhowel 6.3 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 9: Chambry 40 [Greek]
Perry 9: Phaedrus 4.9 [Latin]

You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.