| 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 FOX AND THE DOVE
A KING in the East had, on a lawn in his
park, a great number of deer, all remarkable for their graceful appearance. A fox
that had long had an eye on one of the
fawns, said to the animals in the wood,
"I have to go on a mission of importance
to the king's park; but if I go in my own
form, they will kill me. May I have the
 guise of any one of you that I may find it
necessary to borrow?"
"Certainly," said the animals.
So the fox tried various forms, but failed
in all. He sat brooding over his bad luck.
The wolf said, "Did not my form serve
"If I had gone in my own," said the
fox, "I should have fared better."
Thus, after a great many animals had
questioned him, and received some reply
or other, the dove came up and said,
"Surely with my guise it must have been
"Alas!" said the fox, "when I put on
your guise, all thoughts of murder fled
from my mind!"
The animals with one voice exclaimed,
"There is such virtue in goodness!"
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