Fox folklore has little to do with real foxesreal foxes live
for twelve years instead of a thousand, for example, and very, very
rarely do they grease their forepaws with sesame oil and draw horses'
livers out through the anus. Real foxes are also unconcerned with
any form of sexual alchemy, since they are generally too busy bearing
or rearing pups to waste time flirting with scholars. And even if
they did try to catch a human lover, their skunklike stink and their
habit of eating earthworms and beetles would doubtless make the