The Snail and the Ape

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A Snail, smitten with admiration of a Mirror which she had found, began to climb its shining face, and lick it, fancying she could confer no greater favour upon it, than to stain its brightness with her slime. An Ape, when he saw the Mirror thus defiled, remarked: “He who allows himself to be trodden by such beings, deserves to suffer such a disgrace.”
This Fable is written for those Women who unite themselves to ignorant and foolish Men.