The Cat Maiden

This entry is part 32 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

The gods were once disputing whether it was possible for a living being to change its nature. Jupiter said ‘Yes,’ but Venus said ‘No.’ So, to try the question, Jupiter turned a Cat into a Maiden, and gave her to a young man for a wife. The wedding was duly performed and the young couple sat down to the wedding-feast. ‘See,’ said Jupiter, to Venus, ‘how becomingly she behaves. Who could tell that yesterday she was but a Cat? Surely her nature is changed?’

‘Wait a minute,’ replied Venus, and let loose a mouse into the room. No sooner did the bride see this than she
jumped up from her seat and tried to pounce upon the mouse. ‘Ah, you see,’ said Venus, ‘Nature will out.’

The Cat Maiden

Aesop

Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.

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