A Thunny and A Dolphin

A Thunny and dolphin wash ashore. The Thunny was pleased to see the dolphin die first.

There is satisfaction in taking one’s enemy along if one has to die.

JBR CollectionJBR Collection

A Thunny being pursued by a Dolphin, swam for safety into shallow water. Seeing the Dolphin still after him, he came further in shore, and was thrown by the waves high and dry on the sand. The Dolphin, eager in pursuit, and unable to stop himself, was also stranded. The Thunny beholding the Dolphin in the same condition as himself, said, “Now I die with pleasure, for I see my persecutor involved in the same fate .”

Samuel CroxallSamuel Croxall

Croxall - Thunny and DolphinA FISH called a Thunny, being pursued by a Dolphin, and driven with great violence, not minding, which way he went, was thrown by the force of the waves upon a rock, and left there. His death was now inevitable: but, casting his eyes on one side, and seeing the Dolphin in the same condition, lie gapping by him, Well, says he, I must die, it is true; but 1 do with pleasure, when I behold him who is the cause if it, involved in the same fate.

THE APPLICATION

Whittingham - Tunny and Dolphin

C. Whittingham (1814)

Revenge, though a blind, mischievous passion, is yet a very sweet thing: so sweet, that it can even sooth the pangs, and reconcile us to the bitterness of death. And, indeed, it must be a temper highly philosophical, that could be driven out of life, by any tyrannical, unjust procedure, and not be touched with a sense of pleasure to see the author of it splitting upon the same rock. When this is allowed, and it is farther considered how easily the revenge of the meanest person may be executed upon even the highest, it should, methinks, keep people upon their guard, and prevail with them not to persecute or be injurious to any one. The moral turpitude of doing wrong is sufficient to influence every brave honest man, and to secure him from harbouring even the least thought of it in his breast. But the knave and coward should weigh the present argument, and before they attempt the least injury, be assured of this truth, that nothing is more sweet, nor scarce any thing so easy to compass as revenge.

L'Estrange VersionL’Estrange version

A thunny gave chace to a dolphin; and when he was just ready to seize him, the thunny struck before he was aware, and the dolphin, in the eagerness of his pursuit, ran himself a ground with him. They were both lost; but the thunny kept his eye still upon the dolphin, and observing him when he was just at last gasp: Well, says he, the thought of death is now easy to me, so long as I see my enemy go for company.

Moral

‘Tis a wretched satisfaction, that a revengeful man takes, even in the losing of his own life, provided that his enemy may go for company.

1001Delphinus et Pisciculus

Persequebatur pisciculum delphinus. Hunc ut vitaret, pisciculus ad rupem confugit. Quem ut captaret, delphinus tam violento sequebatur impetu ut arenis illideret et, haerens, morti succumberet. Quod cum vidisset pisciculus, sibi paululum consolatus est, moribundulus, inquiens, “Dulcior mihi profecto mea mors futura est, quod prius auctorem meae mortis defunctum prae oculis viderim.”

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