The Jackal (Anonymous: 14th Century A.D., or earlier)
Nothing is known of the author of the Hitopadesa, a manual of didac-tic fables composed—on the basis of the Panchatantra—before the year 1373 A.D.
The present story—which has no title in the original—is reprinted from Charles Wilkins’ translation, London, 1787.
From the Hitopadesa
A certain jackal, as he was roaming about the borders of a town, just as his inclinations led him, fell into a dyer’s vat; but being unable to get out, in the morning he feigned himself dead. At length, the master of the vat, which was filled with indigo, came, and seeing a jackal lying with his legs uppermost, his eyes closed, and his teeth bare, concluded that he was dead, and so, taking him out, he carried him a good way from the town, and there left him.
The sly animal instantly got up, and ran into the woods; when, observing that his coat was turned blue, he medi