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Cignus, Serpens et Mustela

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The story of The Swan, The Serpent and The Weasel is adapted from the Liber Kalilae et Dimnae.

You can read some background information about the origins of the Kalila-wa-Dimna tradition in this background page about the Hitopadesha (another book in the Kalila-wa-Dimna tradition). You might also want to look at the Kalilag and Damnag article at wikipedia. You can read some background information about the origins of the Kalila-wa-Dimna tradition in this background page about the Hitopadesha (another book in the Kalila-wa-Dimna tradition). You might also want to look at the Kalilag and Damnag article at wikipedia.

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Quidam cignus
manebat in quodam loco
prope serpentem
et quotiens pariebat pullos,
serpens eos comedebat.
Cignus autem
ob dulcedinem illius loci
nolebat inde recedere.

autem: postpositive

recedere: complementary infinitive with nolebat

Quidam cancer
audiens damnum eius
dixit ei:
"Quare video te
sic tristem?"

audiens...dixit: participle plus verb
(heard... and said...)

Cignus autem
dixit ei omnia
quae passus fuerat
a serpente.

autem: postpositive

quae: relative pronoun, antecedent is omnia

Tunc cancer
ostendit ei
quoddam foramen

oppositum
foramini serpentis,
dicens:

ostendit...dicens: participle plus verb
(showed... and said...)

 

"In hoc foramine
est quaedam mustela
quae multum inimicatur serpenti.
quae: relative pronoun, antecedent is mustela
Perge igitur
et porta pisces
et pone eos
infra foramen
serpentis et mustelae
,
et mustela
ad comedendum pisces egrediens
inveniet foramen serpentis
et occidet eum".

igitur: postpositive

egrediens...inveniet: participle plus verb
(will come out ... and will find...)

Haec faciente cigno
exivit mustela
et comedit pisces.
faciente cigno: ablative absolute
Iterum est egressa
mustela
et non invenit pisces
nisi cignum;
cignum igitur
comedit,
et filios eius quoque.
igitur: postpositive

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