The Dog and the Shadow

狗與影子

 

It happened that a dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more.

話說有一隻狗得到一塊肉,銜在嘴準備帶回家安靜地吃。現在,在回家的路上,必須通過一條橫跨在溪流上的獨木橋。過橋時,向下看見自己的影子在水,以為另有一隻狗銜著另一塊肉,決心也要得到那塊肉,因此,向水裡的影子咬下去。可是,當張開口,肉就掉進水裡不見了。

 

 

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

小心!以免為了捕捉影子而損失了實物。