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Fable Aesop
Mercury And The Sculptor
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Mercury once determined to learn in what esteem he was held
among mortals. For this purpose he assumed the character of
a man and visited in this disguise a Sculptor's studio. Having
looked at various statues, he demanded the price of two figures
of Jupiter and Juno. When the sum at which they were valued
was named, he pointed to a figure of himself, saying to the
Sculptor, "You will certainly want much more for this, as it is
the statue of the Messenger of the Gods, and author of all your

The Sculptor replied, "Well, if you will buy these, I'll fling you that
into the bargain."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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