NO Cautions of a Matron, Old and Sage
Title: The Young RAT and his DAM, the COCK and the CAT.
Primary Text: No MS; 1713 Misc, 126-31
Secondary Eds: rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 187-9; rpts of 1903 Reynolds: 1928 Murray, 97-9; 1930 Fausset, 85-7; 1979 Rogers AF, 117-9.
Source: "La Fontaine, "Le Cock et le Chat et le Souriceau," VI, 5, 157-8.
18C: Rpt of 1713: 1757 Colman, 249-51.
20C: Rpt of 1713/1903: 1979 Rogers Six Women, 18-20.
Comment: La Fontaine's text much shorter, generalized, impersonal; used as a "jumping off" point for hard biting satire on gentleman's tour; again Finch is harsh towards adoring foolish mothers and rich sons sent on tours. See also A Fond Athenian Mother brought. Perhaps the animus is against the spoilt son of primogeniture; see Comment for "A Greedy Heir long waited to fulfill"
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