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09:54:39 PM Jul 12th 2012
What's the difference between this and Ungrateful Bastard?
04:02:27 PM Jan 27th 2016
edited by DaibhidC
The focus of the story, I think. Ungrateful Bastard focuses on what a jerk the ungrateful person is, this trope is when the Aesop is more "Well, what did the hero expect"? It's more on the cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism; the moral of a story where Superman saves Lex Luthor and Luthor immediately betrays him would never be "Supes should have left Lex to die", because that's not what Superman stories are about.
10:13:02 AM Dec 20th 2011
edited by Skyheartstar13
Another Version of the Farmer and the Viper

After the farmer takes home the frozen viper, it thaws and attacks the farmer and his children. The farmer get an axe and kills the viper. Moral: Those who repay good with evil may expect their neighbors pity to wear out.

This is "The Countryman and the Snake" from the book 'The Fables of Aesop' that was printed for the Book-of-the-month club.

The version here is a lot more family freindly than the version in this troupe.
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