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Indian Fables by  Ramaswami Raju
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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
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THE FOX AND THE FARMER'S DOG

A FOX went into a farmyard to see if any poultry could be got; but, finding the people wary and the yard well secured, he [15] was returning with a dejected countenance, when the farmer's dog accosted him thus: "Reynard, where have you been?"

"Ah! Mr. Mastiff," said the fox, "I have just been into the farmyard to see if any of my kindred were there."

"Did you find any?" said the mastiff.

"No, I did not; and that is the reason why I am returning," said the fox, and left the place.

"Ah," muttered the mastiff, "no liar but hath a plea ready-made for every turn!"





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