The Pampered Lapdog and the Misguided Ass

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The Pampered Lapdog and the Misguided Ass is a parody told in rhyme, based on Aesop's Fable, The Ass and the Lap Dog. Carryl published this poem in Fables for the Frivolous (1898), illustrated by Peter Newell.
An illustration for the story The Pampered Lapdog and the Misguided Ass by the author Guy Wetmore Carryl
Peter Newell illustration, "She said, 'Get up, you brute, you!'"
An illustration for the story The Pampered Lapdog and the Misguided Ass by the author Guy Wetmore Carryl
Peter Newell illustration, "She said, 'Get up, you brute, you!'"
An illustration for the story The Pampered Lapdog and the Misguided Ass by the author Guy Wetmore Carryl
A woolly little terrier pup
    Gave vent to yelps distressing,
  Whereat his mistress took him up
    And soothed him with caressing,
      And yet he was not in the least
      What one would call a handsome beast.

  He might have been a Javanese,
    He might have been a Jap dog,
  And also neither one of these,
    But just a common lapdog,
      The kind that people send, you know,
      Done up in cotton, to the Show.

  At all events, whate'er his race,
    The pretty girl who owned him
  Caressed his unattractive face
    And petted and cologned him,
      While, watching her with mournful eye,
      A patient ass stood silent by.

  "If thus," he mused, "the feminine
    And fascinating gender
  Is led to love, I, too, can win
    Her protestations tender."
      And then the poor, misguided chap
      Sat down upon the lady's lap.

  Then, as her head with terror swam,
    "This method seems to suit you,"
  Observed the ass, "so here I am."
    Said she, "Get up, you brute you!"
      And promptly screamed aloud for aid:
      No ass was ever more dismayed.

[Illustration: "SAID SHE, 'GET UP, YOU BRUTE YOU!'"]

  They took the ass into the yard
    And there, with whip and truncheon,
  They beat him, and they beat him hard,
    From breakfast-time till luncheon.
      He only gave a tearful gulp,
      Though almost pounded to a pulp.

  THE MORAL is (or seems, at least,
    To be): In etiquette you
  Will find that while enough's a feast
    A surplus will upset you.
   Toujours, toujours la politesse, if
      The quantity be not excessive.

You might also enjoy our collection of Aesop's Fables in our Short Stories for Children.


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