Aesop's fable
伊索寓言

​Lesson 29

說謊的人
THE IMPOSTOR

有個人生了病,狀況非常嚴重,他向眾神發誓,如果能恢復健康,他一定會供奉一百頭牛給眾神。眾神想要看看他是否能遵守諾言,很快便讓他痊癒了。他其實根本沒有一百頭牛,於是就用酥油做成了一百頭小牛,放到台上供奉給眾神,同時嘴裡還說著:“眾神靈,我請你們來見證,我已經還清了自己許下的願。”眾神決定要報復他,便帶他進入了一個夢境。在夢裡,他被命令到海邊去,在那裡他將找到一百個銀元。他帶著激動的心情趕忙跑到海邊,可是卻遇上了一群強盜,強盜抓住他並將他賣了去當奴隸,而賣他所得的錢正好是一百個銀元,也就是他要取的總數目。

 

【說謊的人的故事寓意】

 

  說謊的人這篇伊索寓言告訴了我們,我們在生活和工作中要實事求是,能做到就是能做到,不能做到也不要許下力所不能及的大話。

THE IMPOSTOR

A certain man fell ill, and being in a very bad way, he made a vow that he would sacrifice a hundred oxen to the gods if they would grant him a return to health. Wishing to see how he would keep his VOW they caused him to recover in a short time. Now, he hadn’t an ox in the world. So he made a hundred little oxen out of tallow and offered them up on an altar, at the same time saying, “Ye gods! I call you to witness that I have discharged my VOW.”The gods are determined to be even with him. So they sent him a dream, in which he was bidden to go to the seashore and fetch a hundred crowns which he was to find there. Hastening in great excitement to the shore,he fell in with a band of robbers who seized him and carried him off to sell as a slave:and when they sold him a hundred crowns was the thing he fetched.

 

Do not promise more than you can perform.

29、說謊的人張雅如
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