Esteemed Readers, this short story has a very profound moralitè. Its main characters are Vixen and Wolf. The first represents smartness, resourcefulness & slyness, while the second means artlessness, a bit of stupidity & laziness. Vixen puts her friend into a trouble and wins twice: first by hurting him, second by making a profit on him.
The topic about true & false friends is timeless, it is reflected in all artistic forms and numerous folk-tales tell about it. I would add that this story might also be called as “Danger of Advice”, because Wolf’s troubles begins after he has listened to Vixen how to get some fish and has trusted it. Indeed, if we believe somebody, we won’t ask questions when our friend will share some pretty advice with us. We are certain in him. We know he does it for our own good. This fairy-tales makes us revise this approach and ponder upon our our milieu. Who is Vixen & who is Wolf among our own friends?
Here is the full text:Russian Folk Tale 4
The Source: Afanasiev A.N. “Russian Folk-Tales”, Grachev Press, 1860-1863