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" the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill," continued ht;, " consists in making them talk like little fishes. "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 73
by James Boswell - 1807
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...Goldsmith were together one day, when the latter said that he thought lie could write a good fable ; mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition requires; and observed that in most fables the animnls introduced seldom talk in character. ' For instance,' said he, the fable of the little fishes...
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