At a country fair there was a
Buffoon who made all the people
laugh by imitating the cries of
He finished off by squeaking so like
a pig that the spectators thought
that he had a porker concealed about
him. But a Countryman who stood by
"Call that a pig's squeak! Nothing
like it. You give me till tomorrow
and I will show you what it's like."
The audience laughed, but next day,
sure enough, the Countryman appeared
stage, and putting his head down
squealed so hideously that the
spectators hissed and threw stones
at him to make him stop.
"You fools!" he cried,
"see what you have been hissing,"
and held up a little pig whose ear
he had been pinching to make him
utter the squeals.
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Men often applaud an
imitation and hiss
the real thing"