#42 – The story about the shrewd elephant | Latin texts 17..#42 – Fabula de elephanti sagacitate | Litterae Latinae 17

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Pictor elephantum esse providum animal ex hac clade certe intellexit:

Elephantum enim, dum proboscidem alte sublatam retinet, per imaginem exhibere voluit; itaque puero imperavit ut poma in os illius iniceret.

Quo poma iniciente diu elephas proboscidem extollebat; at, cum iam illa defuissent, nec quid sibi esset faciendum sciret puer, re vera ei illudens, poma se offerre simulabat.

Idcirco animal id sagax, cum nihil in ore reciperet, non modo proboscidem demisit sed puerum impudentem ultum est. 

Imaginem enim paene confectam, peracutis dentibus totam pertusam, pessum dedit puerumque invicem ludibrio affecit.

– Hardy, H. J. A Latin reader for the lower forms in schools


 
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