The Mischievous Dog

惡犬

 

There was once a dog who used to snap at people and bite them without any provocation, and who was a great nuisance to everyone who came to his master's house. So his master fastened a bell round his neck to warn people of his presence.

從前有一隻狗,常常偷襲人,沒有招惹牠的人也會被咬,成為每個到牠主人家拜訪的人的心頭大患。於是主人在牠脖子上掛了個鈴鐺,警告接近牠的人。

 

The dog was very proud of the bell, and strutted about tinkling it with immense satisfaction.

這隻狗對掛上鈴鐺感到很神氣,昂首闊步地走著,弄響鈴鐺,從中獲得無比的滿足。

 

But an old dog came up to him and said, "The fewer airs you give yourself the better, my friend. You don't think, do you, that your bell was given you as a reward of merit? On the contrary, it is a badge of disgrace."

但是一隻老狗跑到牠面前,對牠說:「你不要那麼得意才好啊,我的朋友。你該不會以為這個鈴鐺是對你做好事的獎賞吧?剛好相反,這可是不光彩的標誌啊。」

 

 

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

惡名常被誤認為是好名聲。