Le lion et le moucheron
Jean de La Fontaine
Here is another rather lengthy fable that is reduced to presentation on five double pages. Page One instigates and announces the battle. Page Two shows the mosquito so troubling the lion that the whole world around trembles in fear. Page Three has the mosquito further enraging the beast, so that, "By himself the poor Lion to shreds was torn." Page Four has the lion admitting defeat and the mosquito trumpeting victory – until he flies into a spider's web. Page Five, with a huge and eager spider advancing on the mosquito, announces two morals. Among your enemies, you need often fear the smallest. And, in Spector's words, "From great perils one may well escape,/Only to die in the slightest scrape." The art is big, dramatic, cartoonish.