FABLE, n. A brief lie intended to illustrate some important truth.
A statue of Eve and the Apple was accosted by a hippopotamus on a show-bill.
“Give me a bite of your apple,” said the hippopotamus, “and see me smile.”
“I would,” said Eve, making a rough estimate of the probable dimensions of the smile, “but I have promised a bite to the Mammoth Cave, another to the crater of Vesuvius, and a third to the interval between the lowest anthropoid Methodist and the most highly organized wooden Indian. I must be just before I am generous.”
This fable teaches that Justice and Generosity do not go hand in hand, the hand of Generosity being commonly thrust into the pocket of Justice.