Sunday, July 18, 2004


Schadenfreude Again

Aesop, Fable 144 Halm (tr. L.W. Daly):
Two personal enemies were sailing on the same ship, and because they wished to keep as far away from each other as possible, one of them took his stand in the bow of the ship and the other in the stern. When a severe storm arose and the ship was sinking, the man in the stern asked the helmsman what part of the ship was likely to go down first, and on being told that it was the bow, he exclaimed, "Death then is no longer grievous to me, if I am to have the pleasure of seeing my enemy drowned first."

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