| Indian Fables|
|by P. V. Ramaswami Raju|
|An appealing collection of more than a hundred Indian fables that are delightful as well as short, pithy, and ingenious. Each fable has its separate moral in prose or rhyme; these are often epigrams of the shrewdest kind, full of wit and subtlety. Most of these fables are likely to be new to the majority of readers. In the characters of animals the same rules are observed as in Western fables. As the symbol of strength, the lion (or, in one or two instances, the tiger) is king, the fox is the symbol of cunning, the bear of inert power, the wolf of ferocity, the owl of assumed wisdom, and so forth. Ages 7-10 |
THE DOG AND THE DOG-DEALER
A DOG was standing by the cottage of a
peasant. A man who dealt in dogs passed
by the way. The dog said, "Will you
The man said, "Oh, you ugly little
thing! I would not give a farthing for
Then the dog went to the palace of the
king and stood by the portal. The sentinel
caressed it, and said, "You are a
charming little creature!"
Just then the dog-dealer came by. The
dog said, "Will you buy me?"
"Oh," said the man, "you guard the
palace of the king, who must have paid a
high price for you. I cannot afford to pay
the amount, else I would willingly take
 "Ah!" said the dog,
"how place and position affect people!"
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