If a Russian fox met an American fox, would they get along?
If Russian folklore is to be trusted, the answer is a definite нет (no). Oh, they might understand each other’s chirps and barks, but there would certainly be a personality conflict.
In Russian mythology, лиса (fox, female — in stories and fables the fox is virtually always female) is described as хитрая (crafty); коварная (wily, cunning); and льстивая (fawning). Председатель парткома — хитрая лиса — хвалил дирижёра пока не получил от него билеты на концерт. (The head of the local party committee – that sly fox — praised the conductor until he got concert tickets from him.) Would two sneaky flatterers get along? Never.
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