A strong man is always to blame:
In History, we hear the darkness of examples,
But we do not write History;
But about how they say in Fables, –
Thus begins I. Krylov’s fable “The Wolf and the Lamb”, which tells about the conflict between the Wolf and Lamb. On a hot day the Lamb came to the stream to drink. On his misfortune, the hungry Wolf was beside him. He immediately decided to make the lamb a prey, but at the same time he wanted to observe decency and so he shouted:
How dare you, impudent, an unclean snout
Here is pure drinking muddy
With sand and silt?
For daring such I will tear your head off.
To this Lamb answered politely:
When the fairest Wolf allows,
I dare say that down the stream
And he is pleased to be angry in vain:
Drinking muddy to him I can not.
However, the politeness of the Lamb did not reassure the Wolf. On the contrary, he began to resent that the Lamb reproached him for lying. I remembered how, in the year before last, the Lamb was rude to him in the same place. Lamb said that he was not even a year old, it could not be him. However, this did not embarrass the Wolf, he said that it was a brother, a cousin or a matchmaker of Lamb.
You, your dogs and your shepherds,
You all want to harm me,
And if you can, then I always get hurt,
But I’m with you for their reconciliation of sins.
The unfortunate Lamb asked why he was to blame, but the Wolf was unshakable.
Be silent! I’m tired of listening,
Leisure for me to sort out your guilt, puppy!
You are to blame for what I want to eat.
Having said this, the Wolf dragged the Lamb into a dark forest.
The fable does not begin in vain with the words: “A strong man always has a helpless guilt”. It happens very often, and not only in the world of animals, but also in the world of people. Strong people use powerless for mercenary purposes, accusing them in order to justify their actions.
In this case the Wolf, concerned with the feeling of hunger, without thinking twice, accuses the unfortunate Lamb of all sins. He does not care that the Lamb brings to his justification quite logical facts, for example, that he could not insult him in the year before last, because he still does not have a year. But the Wolf does not listen to him, believing that the Lamb is already guilty because he, Wolf, wants to eat. This phrase can be considered a key in this fable.