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Okay so theres no actual geese in this one but its implied. 
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"The fable, told by La Fontaine, was drawn from the writings of Boccaccio. Philippe, having dedicated himself and his son to God, retired to a mountain cave where the boy grew up free from temptation. When, at twenty, the youth emerged, Philippe truthfully explained to him all that he saw until they came to a party of young women. ‘What is that?’ asked the youth. ‘A party of geese,’ his father replied. ‘Oh agreeable goose, sing that I might hear your voice,’ he cried joyfully. ‘Father, I beg you, let us take one with us.’”

~
Nicolas Lancret
Brother Philippe’s Geese, c.1730s

Okay so theres no actual geese in this one but its implied. 

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"The fable, told by La Fontaine, was drawn from the writings of Boccaccio. Philippe, having dedicated himself and his son to God, retired to a mountain cave where the boy grew up free from temptation. When, at twenty, the youth emerged, Philippe truthfully explained to him all that he saw until they came to a party of young women. ‘What is that?’ asked the youth. ‘A party of geese,’ his father replied. ‘Oh agreeable goose, sing that I might hear your voice,’ he cried joyfully. ‘Father, I beg you, let us take one with us.’”

~

Nicolas Lancret

Brother Philippe’s Geese, c.1730s

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