Fairy-Tale: Vixen & Wolf or Price of Advice


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

Maria KethuProfumo

The Source: Afanasiev A.N. “Russian Folk-Tales”, Grachev Press, 1860-1863

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15 Responses to Fairy-Tale: Vixen & Wolf or Price of Advice

  1. I felt for the dumb wolf. The vixen was way too clever and mean

  2. That is one mean and cunning vixen, Maria.

  3. smilecalm says:

    wise old, wolf tale, Maria!
    i still wish people had signs
    so we are advised
    and their current
    disposition 🙂

  4. HesterLeyNel says:

    I remember that my grandfather told me this one. Definitely taken over from Europe, because we have no lakes that ice over during winter. Come to think of it, the wolf also does not really “belong” in African stories. We don’t have wolves here!

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Ha-ha-ha, all things are mixed up! And mermaids, do you have any? …or any spirits like fauns, nymphs, etc.

      • HesterLeyNel says:

        No, none of those. Children do learn of fairies and elves, but in a very casual way only. I remember a series in which a little witch was the main character and she had elves and fairies as friends, but it was definitely a modern story.

      • kethuprofumo says:

        How curious! No spirits…this should be only in tribal tales, let’s say so. Spirits of ancestors or something like that.

      • HesterLeyNel says:

        Yes, you are actually quite right. In Zulu tribal tales we have the Tokeloshe, a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by drinking water. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others. (See Wikipedia). The Tokeloshe will only visit you when you are asleep in bed. To this day, some people still sleep on very high beds to make sure that the Tokelosh cannot reach them. The white and coloured people believed (some still do) in ghosts and everybody of the previous generation had a favourite story to tell about their “personal experience” with a ghost.

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