By Karel Capek
The tales during this assortment take on nice occasions and figures of background, delusion, and literature in unforeseen methods, wondering perspectives on such uncomplicated techniques as justice, development, knowledge, trust, and patriotism.
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That business of sulking in his tent, for instance. We’re living in a historic moment here, when the honor of our Hellas is at stake; the whole world is watching us — And what does Mr. Hero do? Lolls around in his tent saying he won’t fight. And at this historic moment we’re supposed to do all the dirty work for him and save the honor of all Hellas? But that’s 30 how it is: whenever the going gets tough, Achilles crawls into his tent and acts like he’s offended. Pff, what a farce! There’s your national heroes for you!
Then spake Sarah, saying: “What do you have against Namuel? ” And Abraham said: “So be it. ” To which Sarah said: “Wait, take Namuel off the list, he practices the sin of Sodom. Who else is there? Let me see if I can come up with some names: Kahat, Salfad, Itamar . . ” Thus replied Abraham: “Put that idea right out of your head. Itamar is a liar, and as for Kahat and Salfad, aren’t they both taking the side of that accursed Peleg? But surely you know some righteous women in Sodom. ” Whereupon Sarah said: “Go, Abraham, go again to the Lord, fall on your knees before His face, rend your garments and say: Lord, Lord, I and Sarah, my wife, beseech you with tears not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins.
I can’t propose some buffoon to the Lord. What if I named Namuel? No, Namuel doesn’t deserve it, either. ” Then spake Sarah, saying: “What do you have against Namuel? ” And Abraham said: “So be it. ” To which Sarah said: “Wait, take Namuel off the list, he practices the sin of Sodom. Who else is there? Let me see if I can come up with some names: Kahat, Salfad, Itamar . . ” Thus replied Abraham: “Put that idea right out of your head. Itamar is a liar, and as for Kahat and Salfad, aren’t they both taking the side of that accursed Peleg?
Apocryphal Tales: with a selection of fables and would-be tales by Karel Capek