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Aesop's Fables

The Ant & The Grasshoper

Morale of the Story: " It is best to prepare for the days of necessity "

In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about,chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, carrying a with her a great toil of corn which she was taking to the nest.

"Why don't you come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper,"instead of toiling and moiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant,"and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew :"It is best to prepare for the days of necessity."

The End

The donkey & his purchaser

Morale of the Story: " A man is known by the company he keeps "

A man named murthi who wanted to buy an donkey went to the market, and, came across a good -looking donkey, Murthi arranged with the owner that he should be allowed to take the donkey home on trial to see what he ( the donkey) was like.

When Murthi reached home, he put the donkey into his stable along with the other donkey's.The new donkey took a look round, and immediately went and chose a place next to the laziest and greediest beast in the stable.

When Murthi saw this he put a halter on the donkey at once, and led him off and handed the donkey over to his owner again. The owner was surprised to see Murthi back so soon, and asked him, "Have you tested him ?" "I don't want to put this donkey through any more tests," replied Murthi. "I could see what sort of beast he( the donkey) is from the companion he chose for himself."

The End

The bear & The two travelers

Morale of the Story: " Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends. "

TWO friends named Gopi & Kishan were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. Gopi climbed up quickly onto a tree and concealed himself in the branches.

Kishan, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his breath, and feigned* the appearance of death as much as he could.

The Bear soon left him, for it is said that the bear's don't touch a dead body. When he was quite gone, Gopi descended from the tree, and jocularly* inquired from Kishan about what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear.

"He gave me this advice," Kishan replied. "Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger."

The End

* Feigned :- to give a false appearance of
* Jocularly :- habitually jolly

The Boys & the frogs

Morale of the Story: " One man's pleasure may be another's pain. "

SOME BOYS, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water,cried out: "Pray stop, my boys: what is sport to you, is death to us." NEVER TEASE ANYBODY KIDS........

The End

The Crow & the Pitcher

Morale of the Story: " Necessity is the mother of invention "

A CROW perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it.

He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain. At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach.

With his effort & patience the water level came to the neck of the pitcher and thus he drank the water and saved his life.

The End

The Dancing Monkeys

Morale of the Story: " Not everything you see is what it appears to be. "

A PRINCE had some Monkeys which he trained how to dance. Being naturally great mimics of men's actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils, and when arrayed in their rich clothes and masks, they danced as well as any of the courtiers.

The spectacle was often repeated with great applause, till on one occasion a courtier,bent on mischief, took from his pocket a handful of nuts and threw them upon the stage. The Monkeys at the sight of the nuts forgot their dancing and became (as indeed they were) Monkeys instead of actors.

Pulling off their masks and tearing their robes, they fought with one another for the nuts. The dancing spectacle thus came to an end with the laughter and ridicules of the audience.

The End

The dog in the Manger

Morale of the Story: " People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves. "

A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the   an Ox and lay there cozily upon the straw.

But soon the Ox,returning from its afternoon work, came up to the Manger and wanted to eat some of the straw. The Dog in a rage, being awakened from its slumber, stood up and barked at the Ox, and whenever it came near the dog attempted to bite it.

At last the Ox had to give up the hope of getting at the straw, and went away muttering: "Ah, people often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves."

The End

The Dog & the wolf

Morale of the Story: " Better starve free than be a fat slave. "

A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger once went to a city and there he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by.

Seeing the wolf the dog said,"Ah, Cousin,How are you . You look quite week and pale.Why don't  you work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly ?"

"I would have no objection," said the Wolf, "if I could only get a place." The dog said that I will arrange for you, "Come with me to my master and you shall share my work."

So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog's neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about. "Oh, it is nothing," said the Dog. "That is only the place where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes* a bit, but one soon gets used to it."

"Is that all?" said the Wolf. "Then good-bye to you, Master Dog."

The End

* Chafes:- to rub so as to wear away

The eagle & the fox

Morale of the Story: " Do unto others as you would have them do unto you "

AN EAGLE and a Fox formed an intimate friendship and decided to live near each other. The Eagle built her nest in the branches of a tall tree, while the Fox crept into the Underwood and there she reproduced her young.

Not long after they had agreed upon this plan, the Eagle, being in want of provision for her young ones, swooped down while the Fox was out, seized upon one of the little cubs, and feasted herself and her brood.

The Fox on her return,discovered what had happened, but was less grieved for the death of her young than for her inability to avenge them. A just retribution*, however, quickly fell upon the Eagle. While hovering near an altar, on which some villagers were sacrificing a goat, the eagle suddenly seized a piece of the flesh, and carried it,along with a burning cinder, to her nest.

A strong breeze soon fanned the spark into a flame, and the eaglets, as yet unfledged and helpless, were roasted in their nest and dropped down dead at the bottom of the tree. There, in the sight of the Eagle, the Fox gobbled them up.

The End

* Retribution:- receiving of reward or punishment
* Unfledged:- not feathered : not ready for flight

The farmer & the stork

Morale of the Story: " Birds of a feather flock together "

A FARMER placed nets on his newly-sown plowlands and caught a number of Cranes, which came to pick up his seed.

With them he trapped a Stork that had fractured his leg in the net. The farmer took all of them to his house. The Stork then earnestly beseeched* the Farmer to spare his life. "Pray save me, Master," he said, "and let me go free this once. My broken limb should excite your pity. Besides, I am no Crane, I am a Stork, a bird of excellent character; and look at my feathers--they are not the least like those of a Crane."

The Farmer laughed aloud and said, "It may be all as you say, I only know this: I have taken you with these robbers, the Cranes, and you must die in their company."

The End

* Beseeched:- to beg for urgently or anxiously

The Lion & The Mouse

Morale of the Story: " Little friends may prove great friends. "

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?"

The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.

The time went by and one day the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a waggon to carry him on.

The Lion started to roar and the Mouse, recognizing his roar, came by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts, and set him free. "Was I not right?"said the little Mouse.

The End

The Wolf in the Sheep's clothing

Morale of the Story: " Appearances are deceptive. "

A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so he put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep.

Encased in the skin of a sheep, he pastured with the flock deceiving the shepherd by his costume.  

In the evening he was shut up by the shepherd in the fold; the gate was closed, and the entrance made thoroughly secure.He soon found a healthy sheep and made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoyed hearty meals.

But one day the shepherd, returned to the fold during the night to obtain meat for the next day, mistakenly caught up the Wolf instead of a sheep, and killed him instantly.

The End

The Fox & the Goat

Morale of the Story: " Look before you leap "

A Fox one day fell into a deep well and could find no means of escape. A Goat, overcome with thirst, came to the same well, and seeing the Fox, inquired if the water was good. Concealing his sad plight under a merry guise, the Fox indulged in a lavish praise of the water, saying it was excellent beyond measure, and encouraging him to descend.

The Goat, mindful only of his thirst, thoughtlessly jumped down, but just as he drank, the Fox informed him of the difficulty they were both in and suggested a scheme for their common escape. "If," said he, "you will place your forefeet upon the wall and bend your head, I will run up your back and escape, and will help you out afterwards."

The Goat readily assented and the Fox leaped upon his back. Steadying himself with the Goat's horns, he safely reached the mouth of the well and made off as fast as he could.

When the Goat up braided him for breaking his promise, he turned around and cried out,"You foolish old fellow! If you had as many brains in your head as you have hairs in your beard, you would never have gone down before you had inspected the way up, nor have exposed yourself to dangers from which you had no means of escape."

The End

Goose with a golden Egg

Morale of the Story: " Greed often over reaches itself. "

In a small village lived a countrymen who had a goose. One day while going to the nest of his Goose he found an egg all yellow and glittering.

When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and as he was going to throw it away, he gave a second thought and took it home .

Soon he found out to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. He became very happy & every morning the same thing occurred.

He became rich by selling those golden eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy. He thought to himself, " Why not to get all the golden eggs at once which the Goose gives to me daily?'

And thinking to get all the eggs, he killed his goose but when he opened it he found nothing.

The End

The Fox & the Grapes

Morale of the Story: " It is easy to despise what you cannot get. "

One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine over a lofty branch.

He was very thirsty & thought to himself,"Just the thing to quench my thirst".

Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success.

Again and again he tried but did not succeed, so at last he had to give it up. He just walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour."

The End

Belling the Cat

Morale of the Story: " It is easy to propose impossible remedies. "

Long ago, a mice community lived happily in a big house & enjoyed all the feast. On day to get rid of the mouse's the family members brought a big cat. She use to eat 3-4 mouse daily.

The mouse got worried and had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the problem.

"You will all agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I therefore propose that a small bell attached by a ribbon should be tied round the neck of the Cat. By this means we should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was around us."

This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?" The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke. When nobody came forward then all the mice decided to leave the house & go somewhere else.

At last the old mouse said: "It is easy to propose impossible remedies."

The End

The Shepherd Boy

Morale of the Story: " A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. "

There was once a young Shepherd Boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was rather lonely for him all day, so he thought upon a plan by which he could get a little company and some excitement.

He rushed down towards the village calling out "Wolf, Wolf," hearing his voice the villagers came out with their sticks & axes to kill the wolf but found nothing, and some of them stopped with him for a considerable time.

This pleased the boy so much that a few days afterwards he tried the same trick, and again the villagers came to his help. But found nothing so they understood that the boy was playing mischievous.

Shortly after this incident one day a Wolf actually did come out from the forest, and began to worry the sheep, and the boy of course cried out "Wolf, Wolf," still louder than before. But this time the villagers, who had been fooled twice before, thought the boy was again deceiving them, and nobody stirred to come to his help.

So the Wolf made a good meal off the boy's flock, and when the boy complained, the wise man of the village said: "A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth."

The End

The Hare with Many Friends

Morale of the Story: " He that has many friends, has no friends."

Once upon a time in a deep jungle their lived a hare who had many friends and  was very popular with the other beasts who all claimed to be his friends.

But one day she heard the hounds approaching and hoped to escape them by the aid of her many Friends. So, she went to the horse, and asked him to carry her away from the hounds on his back. But he declined, stating that he had important work to do for his master. "He felt sure," he said, "that all her other friends would come to her assistance."

She then applied to the bull, and hoped that he would repel the hounds with his horns. The bull replied: "I am very sorry, but I have an appointment; but I feel sure that our friend the goat will do what you want."

The goat, however, feared that his back might do her some harm if he took her upon it. So he said the ram, was the proper friend to apply to.

So she went to the ram and told him the case. The ram replied: "Another time, my dear friend. I do not like to interfere on the present occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep as well as hares."

The Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the calf, who regretted that he was unable to help her, as he did not like to take the responsibility upon himself, as so many older persons than himself had declined the task.

By this time the hounds were quite near, and the Hare took to her heels and luckily escaped.

The End




Fun Facts
My Birthstone is Aquamarine (Courage)
Flower is Daffodil or Jonquil (White or Light Blue)
My Astrological Sign is
I was born in the Chinese Year of
The Monkey
I will start kindergarten in 2009,
be old enough to drive a car in 2020,
and will graduate High School with the Class of 2022
The meaning of the name Keaton
Keaton Male English Place of the hawks.