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3Contents Copyright How to use this book Introduction List of fables by title Aesop’s Fables Index of titles Index of morals How to create your own glossary andquestion pages How to print and make your own book Fable questionsClick any line to jump to that section

4How to use this bookThis book contains several sections. Click the Bookmarks and Page button in the tool bar todisplay an electronic Table of Contents. Double-clic k thesmall page icon to the left of a bookmark name to jump tothat page in the book. List of Fables by Title lists the fables in the order in whichthey appear in this book. Selecting any title will take youto that fable. Select the title on the first page of the fableto return to the List of Fables by Title.The Fox and the CrowA Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch ofa tree. “That’s for me,” said the Fox, and he walked up to the foot of the tree. “Good day,Mistress Crow,” he cried. “How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers;how bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as yourfigure does. Let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen ofBirds.” The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment sheopened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by theFox. “That will do,” said he. “That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I willgive you a piece of advice for the future:Do not trust flatterers.?continued . . .

5 Index of Titles lists the fable titles alphabetically.Selecting any title will take you to that fable. Click the GoBack button in the tool bar to return to the Index of Titles. Index of Morals lists the fable morals alphabetically.Selecting any moral will take you to that fable. Select themoral at the end of any fable to return to the Indexof Morals.The Fox and the CrowA Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch ofa tree. “That’s for me,” said the Fox, and he walked up to the foot of the tree. “Good day,Mistress Crow,” he cried. “How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers;how bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as yourfigure does. Let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen ofBirds.” The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment sheopened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by theFox. “That will do,” said he. “That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I willgive you a piece of advice for the future:Do not trust flatterers.?continued . . .

6 Fable Questions encourages you to answer and ask newquestions about each fable. Select any fable’s questionmark to go to that fable’s question page. To return to thefable, select the arrow at the bottom of the question page.?The Fox and the CrowA Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch ofa tree. “That’s for me,” said the Fox, and he walked up to the foot of the tree. “Good day,Mistress Crow,” he cried. “How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers;The Fox andthe Crowhow bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your1 Who is the flatterer in the fable?figure does. Let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of2 What is the purpose of the flattery?Birds.” The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she3 Why do you think the crow enjoyed being flattered?opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by the4 Click the arrow below to reread the fable. How would you say the moral in your ownwords?Fox. “That will do,” said he. “That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I willgive you a piece of advice for the future:Do not trust flatterers.? How to Create Your Own Glossary and Question Pagestells you how to add and replace questions and glossaryitems. How to Print and Make Your Own Book tells you how tocreate your own paper book.

7INTRODUCTION“Tut, tut, child” said the Duc hess.“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandA fable is a very short story that tells us how to behave orthat teaches us a lesson. Usually, but not always, fablesare stories about animals that talk like people. The lessonthat a fable teaches us is called a moral. It’s not hard tofind the morals in the fables in this book. They are writtenin italics (slanted letters) at the bottom of the fables.Aesop is believed to have been a Greek slave who madeup these stories to make his life easier. Nobody is reallysure if Aesop made up these fables. What is certain,however, is that the stories called Aesop’s Fables are so

8wonderful that they have been told over and over againfor thousands of years.Many common sayings come from Aesop’s Fables:“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” and“Honesty is the best policy,” and“Look before you leap”are familiar examples.Whether a Greek slave named Aesop made up thesestories or whether many people living at different timesmade up the stories is not important. What’s important isthat the stories have survived and are worth re-telling.Adobe Systems is proud to present them in the newestform of story-telling: the Acrobat electronic book.

9LIST OF FABLES by titleThe Wolf and the Lamb 14The Frogs Desiring a King 30The Dog and the Shadow 15The Mountains in Labor 32The Lion’s Share 16The Hares and the Frogs 33The Wolf and the Crane 18The Wolf and the Kid 34The Man and the Serpent 20The Woodman andthe Serpent 35The Town Mouse andthe Country Mouse 21The Bald Man and the Fly 36The Fox and the Crow 23The Fox and the Stork 37The Sick Lion 24The Fox and the Mask 39The Ass and the Lapdog 25The Jay and the Peacock 40The Lion and the Mouse 27The Frog and the Ox 41The Swallow and theOther Birds 29Androcles and the Lion 43continued . . .

10The Bat, the Birds,and the Beasts 45The Ant and theGrasshopper 61The Hart and the Hunter 47The Tree and the Reed 63The Serpent and the File 48The Fox and the Cat 64The Man and the Wood 49The Wolf in Sheep’sClothing 66The Dog and the Wolf 50The Belly and theMembers 52The Hart in the Ox-Stall 54The Fox and the Grapes 55The Horse, Hunter,and Stag 56The Peacock and Hera 58The Fox and the Lion 59The Lion and the Statue 60The Dog in the Manger 67The Man and theWooden God 68The Fisher 69The Shepherd’s Boy 70The Young Thief andHis Mother 72The Man and His Two Wives 74The Nurse and the Wolf 76continued . . .

11The Tortoise andthe Birds 78The Laborer and theNightingale 92The Two Crabs 79The Fox, the Rooster, and theDog 94The Ass in the Lion’s Skin 80The Two Fellows andthe Bear 81The Two Pots 83The Four Oxen andthe Lion 84The Wind and the Sun 96Hercules and the Wagoneer 97The Man, the Boy, andthe Donkey 98The Miser and His Gold 100The Fisher and theLittle Fish 85The Fox andthe Mosquitoes 101Avaricious and Envious 86The Fox without a Tail 102The Crow and the Pitcher 87The One-Eyed Doe 104The Man and the Satyr 89Belling the Cat 105The Goose with theGolden Eggs 91The Hare and the Tortoise 107continued . . .

12The Old Man andDeath 109The Hare with ManyFriends 110The Lion in Love 112The Cat-Maiden 122The Horse and the Mule 123The Trumpeter TakenPrisoner 124The Bundle of Sticks 114The Buffoon and theCountryman 125The Lion, the Fox,and the Beasts 115The Old Woman and theWine-Jar 127The Mule’s Brains 117The Fox and the Goat 128The Eagle and theArrow 119The Milkmaid andHer Pail 120

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14The Wolf and the LambOnce upon a time a Wolf was lapping at a spring on ahillside when, looking up, what should he see but a Lambjust beginning to drink a little lower down. “There’s mysupper,” thought he, “if only I can find some excuse toseize it.” Then he called out to the Lamb, “How dare youmuddle the water from which I am drinking.” “Nay,master, nay,” said Lambikin; “if the water be muddy upthere, I cannot be the cause of it, for it runs down fromyou to me.” “Well, then,” said the Wolf, “why did you callme bad names this time last year?” “That cannot be,” saidthe Lamb; “I am only six months old.” “I don’t care,”snarled the Wolf, “if it was not you it was your father”;and with that he rushed upon the poor little Lamb.Any excuse will serve a tyrant.?

15The Dog and the ShadowIt happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and wascarrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now onhis way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw hisown shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking itwas another dog with another piece of meat, he made uphis mind to have that also. So he made a snap at theshadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth thepiece of meat fell out, dropped into the water, and wasnever seen again.Beware lest you lose the substanceby grasping at the shadow.?

16The Lion’s ShareThe Lion once went hunting with the Fox, the Jackal, andthe Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till at last theysurprised a Stag, and soon took its life. Then came thequestion how the spoil should be divided. “Quarter methis Stag,” roared the Lion; so the other animals skinnedit and cut it into four parts. Then the Lion took his standin front of the carcass and pronounced judgment: “Thefirst quarter is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; thesecond is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me formy part in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well,as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare tocontinued . . .

17lay a paw upon it.” “Humph,” grumbled the Fox as hewalked away with his tail between his legs; but he spokein a low growl:You may share the labors of the great,but you will not share the rewards.?

18The Wolf and the CraneA Wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed,when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in histhroat and he could not swallow it. He soon felt terriblepain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning andgroaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain.He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone.“I would give anything,” said he, “if you would take itout.” At last the Crane agreed to try, and told the Wolf tolie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Thenthe Crane put its long neck down the Wolf’s throat, andwith its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out.“Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?” saidthe Crane. The Wolf grinned and showed his teeth andcontinued . . .

19said: “Be content. You have put your head inside a Wolf’smouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to bereward enough for you.”Gratitude and greed go not together?

20The Man and the SerpentA Countryman’s son by accident trod upon a Serpent’stail, which turned and bit him so that he died. The fatherin a rage got his axe, and pursuing the Serpent, cut off partof its tail. So the Serpent in revenge began stinging severalof the Farmer’s cattle and caused him severe loss. Well,the Farmer thought it best to make it up with the Serpent,and brought food and honey to the mouth of its lair, andsaid to it: “Let’s forget and forgive. Perhaps you were rightto punish my son, and take vengeance on my cattle, butsurely I was right in trying to revenge him. Now that weare both satisfied why can’t we be friends again?” “No,no,” said the Serpent, “take away your gifts. You can neverforget the death of your son, nor I the loss of my tail.”?Injuries may be forgiven, but notforgotten.

21The Town Mouse andthe Country MouseNow you must know that a Town Mouse once upon atime went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He wasrough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friendand made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheeseand bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered themfreely. The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose atthis country fare, and said: “I cannot understand, Cousin,how you can put up with such poor food as this, but ofcourse you cannot expect anything better in the country.Come home with me and I’ll show you how to live. Whenyou have been in town a week you will wonder how youcould ever have stood a country life.” No sooner said thandone: the two mice set off for the town and arrived at thecontinued . . .

22Town Mouse’s residence late at night. “You will wantsome refreshment after our long journey,” said the politeTown Mouse, and took his friend into the grand diningroom. There they found the remains of a fine feast, andsoon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and allthat was nice. Suddenly they heard growling and barking.“What is that?” asked the Country Mouse. “It is only thedogs of the house,” answered the other. “Only!” said theCountry Mouse. “I do not like that music at my dinner.”Just at that moment the door flew open, and in came twohuge dogs, and the two mice had to scamper down andrun off. “Good-bye, Cousin,” said the Country Mouse.“What! Going so soon?” asked the other. “Yes,” hereplied. “Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes andale in fear.”?Better beans and bacon in peacethan cakes and ale in fear.

23The Fox and the CrowA Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in itsbeak and settle on a branch of a tree. “That’s for me,” saidthe Fox, and he walked up to the foot of the tree. “Goodday, Mistress Crow,” he cried. “How well you are lookingtoday: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eyes. Ifeel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, justas your figure does. Let me hear but one song from youthat I may greet you as the Queen of Birds.” The Crowlifted up her head and began to caw her best, but themoment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell tothe ground, only to be snapped up by the Fox. “That willdo,” said he. “That was all I wanted. In exchange for yourcheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future:Do not trust flatterers.?

24The Sick LionA Lion had come to the end of his days and lay sick untodeath at the mouth of his cave, gasping for breath. Theanimals, his subjects, came round him and drew nearer ashe grew more and more helpless. When they saw him onthe point of death they thought to themselves: “Now isthe time to pay off old grudges.” So the Boar came up anddrove at him with his tusks. Then a Bull gored him withhis horns. Still the Lion lay helpless before them, so theAss, feeling quite safe from danger, came up, and turninghis tail to the Lion kicked up his heels into the Lion. “Thisis a double death,” growled the Lion.Only cowards insult dying majesty.?

25The Ass and the LapdogA Farmer one day came to the stables to see to his beastsof burden; among them was his favorite Ass. Along withthe Farmer came his Lapdog, who danced about andlicked his hand and frisked about as happy as could be.The Farmer felt in his pocket, gave the Lapdog somedainty food, and sat down while he gave his orders to hissons. The Lapdog jumped into his master’s lap and laythere blinking while the Farmer stroked his ears. The Ass,seeing this, broke loose from his halter and commencedprancing about in imitation of the Lapdog. The Farmercould not hold his sides with laughter, so the Ass went upto him, and putting his feet upon the Farmer’s shouldercontinued . . .

26attempted to climb into his lap. The Farmer’s sons rushedup with sticks and pitchforks and soon taught the Ass thatclumsy jesting is no joke.Clumsy jesting is no joke.?

27The Lion and the MouseOnce, when a Lion was asleep, a little Mouse began running up and down upon him. This soon wakened theLion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened hisbig jaws to swallow him. “Pardon, O King,” cried the littleMouse, “forgive me this time, I shall never forget it! I maybe able to return the favor one of these day?” The Lionwas so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to helphim that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some timeafter, the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters, whodesired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a treewhile they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Justthen the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing thecontinued . . .

28sad plight of the Lion, went up to him and soon gnawedaway the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. “Was Inot right?” said the little Mouse.Little friends may prove great friends.?

29The Swallow andthe Other BirdsIt happened that a Countryman was sowing some hempseeds in a field where a Swallow and some other birds werehopping about picking up their food. “Beware of thatman,” observed the Swallow. “Why, what is he doing?”asked the others. “That is hemp seed he is sowing; be careful to pick up every one of the seeds, or else you will repentit.” The birds paid no heed to the Swallow’s words, and byand by the hemp grew up and was made into cord, and ofthe cords nets were made, and many a bird that hadignored the Swallow’s advice was caught in nets made outof that very hemp. “What did I tell you?” said the Swallow.Destroy the seed of evil,or it will grow up to be your ruin.?

30The Frogs Desiring a KingThe Frogs were living as happy as could be in a marshyswamp that just suited them. They went splashing about,caring for nobody and nobody troubled them. But someof the frogs thought that this was not right, that theyshould have a king and a proper constitution, so they sentup a petition to Zeus to give them what they wanted.“Mighty Zeus,” they cried, “send unto us a king that willrule over us and keep us in order.” Zeus laughed at theircroaking and threw down into the swamp a huge Log. TheFrogs were frightened out of their lives by the commotionmade in their midst, and all rushed to the bank to look atthe horrible monster. But after a time, seeing that it didnot move, one or two of the boldest of them ventured outtowards the Log, and even dared to touch it. Still it did notcontinued . . .

31move. Then the greatest hero of the Frogs jumped uponthe Log and commenced dancing up and down upon it;thereupon all the Frogs came and did the same, and forsome time the Frogs went about their business every daywithout taking the slightest notice of their new King Loglying in their midst. But this did not suit them, so theysent another petition to Zeus, and said to him, “We wanta real king; one that will really rule over us.” Now thismade Zeus angry, so he sent them a big Stork that soon setto work gobbling them all up. Then the Frogs repented,but it was too late.Better no rule than cruel rule.?

32The Mountains in LaborOne day the Countryfolk noticed that the Mountainswere in labor; smoke came out of their summits, the earthwas quaking at their feet, trees were crashing, and hugerocks were tumbling. They felt sure that something horrible was going to happen. They all gathered together inone place to see what terrible thing this could be. Theywaited and they waited, but nothing came. At last therewas a still more violent earthquake and a huge gapappeared in the side of the Mountains. They all fell downupon their knees and waited. At long last, a teeny, tinymouse poked its little head and bristles out of the gap andcame running down towards them, and ever after theyused to say: “Much outcry, little outcome.”Much outcry, little outcome.?

33The Hares and the FrogsThe Hares were so persecuted by the other beasts they didnot know where to go. As soon as they saw a single animalapproach them, off they used to run. One day they saw atroop of wild Horses stampeding about, and in quite apanic all the Hares scuttled off to a nearby lake, determined to drown themselves rather than live in such acontinual state of fear. But just as they got near the bankof the lake, a troop of Frogs, frightened in their turn bythe approach of the Hares, scuttled off, and jumped intothe water. “Truly,” said one of the Hares, “things are notso bad as they seem: there is always someone worse offthan yourself.”There is always someone worse off thanyourself.?

34The Wolf and the KidA Kid was perched on the top of a house, and lookingdown saw a Wolf passing under him. Immediately hebegan to revile and attack his enemy. “Murderer andthief,” he cried, “why are you here near honest folks’houses? How dare you make an appearance where yourvile deeds are known!” “Curse away, my young friend,”said the Wolf. “It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”It is easy to be brave from a safedistance.?

35The Woodman andthe SerpentOne wintry day a Woodman was tramping home from hiswork when he saw something black lying on the snow.When he came closer he saw it was a Serpent, apparentlydead. But he took it up and put it in his jacket to warmwhile he hurried home. As soon as he got indoors he putthe Serpent down on the hearth before the fire. The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again. Thenone of them stooped down to stroke it, but the Serpentraised its head and put out its fangs and was about to stingthe child to death. So the Woodman seized his axe andwith one stroke cut the Serpent in two. “Ah,” said he, “nogratitude from the wicked.”No gratitude from the wicked.?

36The Bald Man andthe FlyThere once was a Bald Man who sat down after work on ahot summer’s day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing abouthis bald pate, stinging him from time to time. The Manaimed a blow at his little enemy, but his palm came on hishead instead; and again the Fly tormented him. But thistime the Man was wiser, and said: “You will only injureyourself if you take notice of despicable enemies.”You will only injure yourself if you takenotice of despicable enemies.?

37The Fox and the StorkAt one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting termsand seemed very good friends. So the Fox invited theStork to dinner, and for a joke put nothing before her butsome soup in a very shallow dish. This the Fox could easily lap up, but the Stork could only wet the end of her longbill in it, and left the meal as hungry as when she began.“I am sorry,” said the Fox, “the soup is not to your liking.”“Pray do not apologize,” said the Stork. “I hope you willreturn this visit, and come and dine with me soon.” So aday was appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork;but when they were seated at the table their dinner wascontained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth,in which the Fox could not insert his snout. All he couldcontinued . . .

38manage to do was to lick the outside of the jar. “I will notapologize for the dinner,” said the Stork “because one badturn deserves another.”One bad turn deserves another.?

39The Fox and the MaskA Fox had by some means got into the storeroom of atheatre. Suddenly he observed a face glaring down on himand became very frightened; but looking more closely hefound it was only a Mask, such as the type actors use toput over their face. “Ah,” said the Fox, “you look very fine.It’s a pity you haven’t got any brains.”Outside show is a poor substitute forinner worth.?

40The Jay and the PeacockA Jay ventured into a yard where Peacocks used to walkand found there a number of feathers which had fallenfrom the Peacocks when they were moulting. He tiedthem to his tail and strutted down towards the Peacocks.As the Jay approached, the Peacocks discovered the disguise and pecked at the Jay and plucked away his borrowed plumes. So when the Jay went back to the otherJays, who had watched his behavior from a distance, theywere equally annoyed with him and told him: “It is notonly fine feathers that make fine birds.”It is not only fine feathers that makefine birds.?

41The Frog and the Ox“Oh Father,” said a little Frog to the big one sitting by theside of a pool, “I have seen such a terrible monster! It wasas big as a mountain, with horns on its head, and a longtail, and it had hoofs divided in two.” “Tush, child, tush,”said the old Frog, “that was only Farmer White’s Ox. Itisn’t so big either; he may be a little bit taller than I, but Icould easily make myself quite as broad; just you see.” Sohe blew himself out, and blew himself out, and blew himself out. “Was he as big as that?” asked he. “Oh, much bigger than that,” said the young Frog. Again the old oneblew himself out, and asked the young one if the Ox wasas big as that. “Bigger, father, bigger,” was the reply. Sothe Frog took a deep breath, and blew and blew and blew,continued . . .

42and swelled and swelled and swelled. And then he said:“I’m sure the Ox is not as big as ” but at that verymoment he burst.Self-conceit may lead to selfdestruction.?

43Androcles and the lionA slave named Androcles once escaped from his masterand fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there hecame upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. Atfirst he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did notpursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As hecame near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thornhad got into it and was causing all the pain. He pulled outthe thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who wassoon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog.Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every dayused to bring him meat from which to live. But shortlyafterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured,and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion,continued . . .

44after the latter had been kept without food for severaldays. The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of thearena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, andrushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But assoon as he came near to Androcles he recognized hisfriend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like afriendly dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summonedAndrocles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion letloose to his native forest.Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.?

45The Bat, the Birds, andthe BeastsA great battle was about to happen between the Birds andthe Beasts. When the two armies were collected togetherthe Bat hesitated about which to join. The Birds thatpassed his perch said: “Come with us”; but he said: “I ama Beast.” Later on, some Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said: “Come with us”; but hesaid: “I am a Bird.” Luckily at the last moment peace wasmade, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to theBirds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they allturned against him, and he had to fly away. He then wentto the Beasts, but soon had to retreat, or else they wouldcontinued . . .

46have torn him to pieces. “Ah,” said the Bat, “I see now.“‘He that is neither one thing nor the other has nofriends.’”He that is neither one thing nor theother has no friends.?

47The Hart and the HunterThe Hart was once drinking from a pool and admiring thenoble figure he made there. “Ah,” said he, “where can yousee such noble horns as these, with such antlers! But Iwish I had legs more worthy to bear such a noble crown.It’s a pity these legs are so slim and slight.” At thatmoment a Hunter approached and sent an arrow whistling after him. Away bounded the Hart, and soon, by theaid of his nimble legs, was nearly out of sight of theHunter. But not noticing where he was going, the Hartpassed under some trees with branches growing low inwhich his antlers got caught so that the Hunter had timeto catch up. “Alas! alas!” cried the entangled Hart. “Weoften despise what is most useful to us.”We often despise what is mostuseful to us.?

48The Serpent and the FileA Serpent in the course of its wanderings came into anarmorer’s shop. As he glided over the floor he felt his skinpricked by a file lying there. In a rage he turned upon itand tried to dart his fangs into it, but he could do no harmto the heavy iron and had soon to give over his wrath.It is useless attacking the insensible.?

49The Man and the WoodA Man came into a Wood one day with an axe in his handand begged all the Trees to give him a small branch,which he wanted for a particular purpose. The Trees weregood-natured and gave him one of their branches. Whatdid the Man do but put it into an axe head, and soon setto work cutting down tree after tree. Then the Trees sawhow foolish they had been in giving their enemy themeans of destroying themselves.Beware what you give to futureenemies.?

50The Dog and the WolfA gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. “Ah,Cousin,”

The Lion in Love 112 The Bundle of Sticks 114 The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts 115 The Mule’s Brains 117 The Eagle and the Arrow 119 The Milkmaid and Her Pail 120 The Cat-Maiden 122 The Horse and the Mule 123 The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner 124 The Buffoon and the Countryman 125 Th