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This is the title of one of a series of short fables by G.E.Lessing. I have entered it in the original German as Der Affe und der Fuchs. An (approximate!) English translation is below.

The Ape and the Fox

by G.E.Lessing

"Name to me an animal so skillful that I cannot imitate it!" In this way the ape bragged to the fox. The fox but replied: "And you, name to me an animal so insignificant that it could occur to it to imitate you."

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