Friday, April 22, 2005

박쥐와 족제비

The Bat and the Weasels

A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped.

It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.


땅에 떨어져 족제비에게 잡힌 박쥐가 살려 달라고 간청을 했습니다. 족제비는 본래 새의 천적이기 때문에 그럴 수 없다고 했습니다. 박쥐는 자기는 새가 아니라 쥐라고 강조했고, 그래서 풀려 났습니다. 잠시 후 박쥐는 다시 땅에 떨어졌는데 이번에는 다른 족제비에게 붙잡혔고 박쥐는 아까와 마찬가지로 자신을 먹지 말아 달라고 애걸했습니다. 이 족제비는 쥐를 끔찍히 싫어한다고 했습니다. 박쥐는 자기는 쥐가 아니라 박쥐라고 말해서 또다시 죽음을 모면했습니다.

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