The Scribe Taken in Forgery
Once upon a time, a host of ghost scribes visited a Skeptic; and they
bore with them the ghost of a scribe taken in forgery, in the very act.
The ghost scribes said, “He invented a fable, and he inserted it into
a holy book, and now the people take the forgery as real. Shall we denounce
him or not?”
After much computation, the Skeptic replied, “May a scribe without
lies cast the first curse!”
Condemned by conscience, the ghosts departed, all but one.
To that one the Skeptic said, “The verdict is: Not Proven. You didn’t do it,
and don’t you dare do it again.”
Moral: Forgive this Fable!
Commentary on the Underfable:
The well-loved biblical tale which this Underfable plagiarizes is, alas, an "interpolation"; but I still like the story, as a story.