The fox is carrying me away
Cat Cotonaevich, rescue me!
Illustration for The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox
, from Myths and Legends of Russia
, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]
The motif of the cock being carried away by the fox may bring to mind the fables concerning Reynard the Fox, Chanticleer the rooster, and his hen, Partlet - most particularly, The Nun's Priest's Tale
, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Unlike that tale, however, in which Chanticleer manages to outwit the fox in the end, this one does not end happily for the cock. In spite of having to be rescued by the cat twice and being warned not to be deceived, he eventually falls prey to the fox in his third attempt.
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