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Aesop’s Fables

The Fox and the Stork

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The Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and provided nothing but a soup, in a wide, shallow dish. This he could lap up with ease; but the Stork, who could but just dip in the point of his bill, was not a bit better. A few days after, he returned the compliment, and invited the […]

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The Goat and the Ass

A Man once kept a Goat and an Ass. The Goat, envying the Ass on account of his greater abundance of food, said: “How shamefully you are treated; at one time grinding in the mill, and at another carrying heavy burdens;” and he further advised him that he should pretend to be epileptic, and fall […]

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The Swallow and the Crow

The Swallow and the Crow had a contention about their plumage. The Crow put an end to the dispute by saying: “Your feathers are all very well in the spring, but mine protect me against the winter.” Fine weather friends are not worth much. Aesop

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The Wolf and the Shepherds

A Wolf passing by, saw some shepherds in a hut eating for their dinner a haunch of mutton. Approaching them, he said: “What a clamor you would raise, if I were to do as you are doing!” Men are too apt to condemn in others the very things they practice themselves. Aesop

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The Lion in Love

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A Lion demanded the daughter of a woodcutter in marriage. The Father, unwilling to grant and yet afraid to refuse his request, hit upon this expedient. He expressed his willingness to accept him as the suitor of his daughter on one condition; that he should allow him to extract his teeth, and cut off his […]

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The Horse and the Groom

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A Groom used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats, and sold them for his own profit. “Alas!” said the Horse, “if you really wish me to be in good condition, you should groom me less, and feed me more.” If you wish […]

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The Dog and his Master’s Dinner

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A Dog had been taught to take his master’s dinner to him every day. As he smelled the good things in the basket, he was sorely tempted to taste them, but he resisted the temptation and continued day after day to carry the basket faithfully. One day all the dogs in the neighborhood followed him […]

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The Ass Carrying the Image

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An Ass once carried through the streets of the city a famous wooden Image, to be placed in one of its temples. The crowd as he passed along made lowly prostration before the Image. The Ass, thinking that they bowed their heads in token of respect for him, bristled up with pride and gave himself […]

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The Hare and the Hound

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A Hound having started a Hare from his form, after a long run, gave up the chase. A Goat-herd, seeing him stop, mocked him, saying: “The little one is the best runner of the two.” The hound replied; “You do not see the difference between us; I was only running for a dinner, but he […]

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The Farmer and the Cranes

Some Cranes made their feeding grounds on some plough-lands newly sown with wheat. For a long time the Farmer, brandishing an empty sling, chased them away by the terror he inspired; but when the birds found that the sling was only swung in the air, they ceased to take any notice of it, and would […]

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The Man Bitten by a Dog

A Man who had been bitten by a Dog was going about asking who could cure him. One that met him said: “Sir, if you would be cured, take a bit of bread and dip it in the blood of the wound, and give it to the dog that bit you.” The Man smiled, and […]

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The Raven and the Swan

A Raven saw a Swan, and desired to secure for himself a like beauty of plumage. Supposing that his splendid white color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the Raven left the altars in the neighborhood of which he picked up his living, and took up his abode in the […]

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The Dog and the Shadow

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A Dog, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water, and took it for another Dog, with a piece of meat double his own in size. He therefore let go his own, and fiercely attacked the other Dog, to get his larger […]

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The Thief and His Mother

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A Schoolboy stole a horn-book from one of his schoolfellows, and brought it home to his mother. Instead of chastising him, she rather encouraged him in the deed. In course of time the boy, now grown into a man, began to steal things of greater value, until, at last, being caught in the very act, […]

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The Wolf and the Sheep

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A Wolf, being sick and maimed, called to a Sheep, who was passing, and asked him to fetch some water from the stream. “For,” he said, “if you will bring me drink, I will find means to provide myself with meat.” “Yes,” said the Sheep, “if I should bring you the draught, you would doubtless […]

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The Dogs and the Hides

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Some Dogs, famished with hunger, saw some cow-hides steeping in a river. Not being able to reach them, they agreed to drink up the river; but it fell out that they burst themselves with drinking long before they reached the hides. Attempt not impossibilities. Aesop

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