狐假虎威 ~ A Fox That Borrows the Might of a Tiger

Hujia huwei,” “a fox that borrows the might of a tiger,” is a metaphor for bullying the weak by relying on powerful connections. It’s a good one for journalists to know. So what’s the story there? I’ve translated it from my textbook.

狐假虎威
有一天、一隻老虎肚子餓了、走出洞來、想找些東西吃、牠找了半天,沒有發現其他的動物、只找到一隻狐狸。
老虎正餓得發慌、馬上抓住狐狸、要把牠吃掉、狐狸卻一點兒也不害怕、大聲說:「你的擔子倒是不小、居然要吃我,你知道嗎?上帝已經派我作百獸之王、連你也得歸我管。如果你傷害我,上帝會要了你的命。」
「你在胡說些甚麼?」老虎嘴裡雖然這樣說、內心卻也有一些懷疑。
狐狸看出老虎有些懷疑、就指著牠的鼻子說:「如果你不相信、我可以用事實向你證明。現在我們一起到山上走一趟,你看看那些野獸見到我有甚麼表示、就知道我不是騙你了。」
於是老虎和狐狸一前一後、朝山裡走去。百獸看見牠們、果然害怕得不得了、馬上逃走了。
狐狸很得意地說:「怎麼樣、你現在看見我的威風了吧?」
老虎雖然很不情願、也只好相信狐狸的話了。牠哪裡知道、狐狸是假借牠的威風、才把這些野獸嚇走的。

A Fox That Borrows the Might of a Tiger
One day, a hungry tiger came out of his cave to eat. He hunted for a long time but only found one animal, a fox.
The desperate tiger snatched him and made to swallow him whole when the fox fearlessly roared, “You have guts, but do you really want to hurt me? Don’t you know? God has made me the King of Beasts. Even you must submit to me. If you eat me, He’ll take your life.”
“What kind of nonsense is that?” the tiger said. But there was doubt behind his words.
The fox saw this. He pointed to his nose. “If you don’t believe me, I’ll prove it to you. Climb the mountain with me. When you see the looks on the wild things’ faces, you’ll know I’m not fooling you.”
So the tiger and the fox climbed the mountain, one after the other. When the other animals saw them, they were terrified and ran away, as promised.
“How was that?” the fox said proudly. “Now do you see my power?”
The tiger was reluctant, but there was nothing he could do. He didn’t realize that the fox had relied on the tiger’s presence itself scaring the other beasts away.

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