Willobie His Avisa

Subtitle

Avisa "The Bird Not Seen"

The Fox and The Cheese

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The Fox and The Cheese
In the dialog between Avisa and the Caveliero a number of fables are referred to such as a fox preaching to gaggling geese . ( when a fox starts to preach Goslings must stay out of reach) and also to Aesop's fable of the fox and the crow. But as usual the author has inverted these fables so that it is Avisa who is described as being the dangerous fox who can entice her suitors with her beauty. Avisa confirms her status as a dangerous predator when she agressively states" the fox shall laugh as the asses weep. " It is interesting that the suitors are refered to as Geese, Geese as we recall are an allusion to Penelope and her dream of the Geese (her suitors) being slaughtered by the Eagle. It is very revealing that the most immoral suitor of them all considers Avisa to be an immoral and dangerous woman.
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