Aesop's Fables - The Catspaw - Stock Image

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"The Catspaw." Moral: In the trade of chestnut-stealing, it is the Cat comes in for kicks, while the Monkey enjoys the halfpence. A 'catspaw' is a person used to serve the purposes of another. Here, the old ape uses the silly young cat to steal a kerchief and purse while he himself suffers no harm. Illustration from "The Fables of Aesop and others: Translated into Human Nature" designed and drawn on the wood by Charles H. Bennett, engraved by Swain, published by W. Kent & Co., London, 1857. Bennett was a prolific Victorian illustrator.

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