Delfin – E.3 – III.1 Fabel

Only in nr. 37 in the Twispraec der creaturen (translation of Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus) a dolphin plays a role. He tries in vain to catch an → eel. Then the eel lures him to the mud where the dolphin gets stuck. A fisher comes and kills it. The moral is that you should not listen to your enemy. [The word used here is meerswijn. In her fable catalogue SCHIPPERS interprets this as bruinvis (= porpoise). The Latin, however, has dolphin so the fable is discussed here.]

Lit.: A. SCHIPPERS: Middelnederlandse fabels, 1995.

Paul Wackers

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