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No need to look for a three-legged cat ('No hay que buscarle tres pies al gato')

Fishburn and Hughes: A popular Spanish saying meaning that one should not go looking for trouble. The more usual version is 'No need to look for five legs', but there are precedents for Borges's version, notably in Don Quixote (pt.1, ch. 13 and pt.2, ch. 10). Death and the Compass