Frying Pan

The Italian author Laurentius Abstemius wrote 100 fables based on popular idioms and proverbs of the day. One of them concerns some fish thrown live into a frying pan of boiling fat. One of fish urges its fellows to save their lives by jumping out, but when they do so they fall into the burning coals and curse it’s bad advice. The fabulist concludes: ‘This fable warns us that when we are avoiding present dangers, we should not fall into even worse peril.

The tale was included in Latin collections of Aesop’s fables from the following century onwards.  The first person to adapt it into English was Roger L’Estrange in 1692. He was followed shortly after by the anonymous author of Aesop at Oxford, in whose fable “Worse and Worse” the fish jump ‘Out of the Frying-Pan, into the Fire’ by a collective decision.

Daily Prompt: Fry


21 thoughts on “Frying Pan

  1. Nice fable! 🙂 When I was a kid, I was a bit obsessed with reading fables – I probably read over a hundred of Aesop’s Fables. 😄 And I still love them today. This was my first time reading this one. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. In both case, its both a tragic end. Agree it means that one might well want to look out before making decisions that worsen a situation, it does not mean we should not try. And yes sometimes its better not to do anything further – like if one made his wife angry – better keep mum and apologize….and hopefully let the storm blow over.

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