Vines are not absent from Aesop’s instructive morals either. One of them features a fox as a protagonist who as Aesop narrates stares at a vine heavy with clusters. The fable, which tries to show how when failing to reach a goal we ought not to undermine it, goes as follows:
A very hungry fox strolled around looking for something to eat when she came across a vineyard full of ripening grapes. The grapes looked delicious but they hang from branches and the branches were high up. In her attempt to grab a juicy bunch, the fox tried to reach them jumping. She jumped and tried and then jumped some more for quite some time, to no avail, despite her best efforts.
When after a long while tired from jumping she realized she couldn’t get them, the fox shook her head and said to herself: “It’s okay, the grapes look sour anyway, they shouldn’t be so tasty”.