I am sure the grapes are sour. “Aesop’s Fables” |我肯定這些葡萄是酸的。──《伊索寓言》 | jy.catholic.org.hk

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I am sure the grapes are sour. “Aesop’s Fables” |我肯定這些葡萄是酸的。──《伊索寓言》

刊登日期: 2013.11.24
作者: Grace Tse  


 From this quote, can you tell which fable it comes from? The quote is said by the fox in the famous fable called “The Fox and the Grapes”. Nowadays, the phrase “sour grapes” has become an idiom. It is used to describe someone who says something is worthless because they have not got those things that they wanted. 

Aesop is the name of the story-teller who told these famous fables more than 2,500 years ago. It is believed that Aesop did not write anything down. Fortunately, many years after his death, people wrote down his fables and passed them down from generation to generation. Over the centuries, his fables have been rewritten and translated into many languages numerous times. However, no one knows exactly when the first book of “Aesop’s Fables” was written. 

Although “Aesop’s Fables” are well-known in the world, there is little information about the life of Aesop. Some historians say that he was a slave who lived in ancient Greece and was later freed by his master. Others say that Aesop was an ugly, deformed dwarf. Some even believe that Aesop never really existed. 

Children love these fables a lot because the characters are usually animals who act and talk like people. Children also learn a lot because each of them tells a moral and teaches a lesson. Can you name a few more Aesop’s fables that you like best ? Below is a list of popular ones : 

The Tortoise and the Hare 

The Ant and the Grasshopper 

The Lion and the Mouse 

The Dog and the Shadow 

The Wolf’s in Sheep’s Clothing 

What moral does each of them tell you? 



 Idiom : 諺語

Worthless : 毫無價值

Rewritten : 改編

Translated : 翻譯

Slave : 奴隸

Deformed dwarf : 畸形的侏儒

Characters : 人物

Moral : 寓意


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