The Goat and the Fox
I have a series, apparently "Series 7," with six pamphlets, each offering a bilingual presentation of a fable. Here the second has a thirsty fox stopping to drink from a pond in the forest. The "pond-side" is so steep and slippery that he cannot climb up. The goat's question to the fox in the water is "Is the water clean enough to drink?" The fox here steps upon the goat's horns and jumps up to the ground. The traditional fable would have had a well, perhaps a fictitious cheese in the water, and a deliberate plan in which the goat participates. The punch line from the traditional fable still works well. "If you had as many brains as you have beard, you would not have jumped into the pond like this." The moral is "Think before you act." Perhaps the best of the cartoons highlights the carefree goat walking by the pond and the crafty fox noticing him. The facial expressions are again strong as the two characters face each other at the end. The back cover shows the six items in this collection. There seem to be two different speech "bubbles" of Thai on each page but only one of English. What is that second non-English bubble about?
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