| 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 LION AND THE GOAT
A LION was eating up one after another
the animals of a certain country. One day
an old goat said, "We must put a stop to
 this. I have a plan by which he may be
sent away from this part of the country."
"Pray act up to it at once," said the
The old goat laid himself down in a
cave on the roadside, with his flowing
beard and long curved horns. The lion
on his way to the village saw him, and
stopped at the mouth of the cave.
"So you have come, after all," said the
"What do you mean?" said the lion.
"Why, I have long been lying in this
cave. I have eaten up one hundred
elephants, a hundred tigers, a thousand
wolves, and ninety-nine lions. One more
lion has been wanting. I have waited
long and patiently. Heaven has, after all,
been kind to me," said the goat, and shook
his horns and his beard, and made a start
as if he were about to spring upon the lion.
The latter said to himself, "This animal
looks like a goat, but it does not talk like
one. So it is very likely some wicked
 spirit in this shape. Prudence often serves
us better than valour, so for the present I
shall return to the wood," and he turned
The goat rose up, and, advancing to the
mouth of the cave, said, "Will you come
"Never again," said the lion.
"Do you think I shall be able to see
you, at least, in the wood to-morrow?"
THE LION AND THE GOAT
"Neither in the wood, nor in this neighbourhood any more," said the lion, and
running to the forest, soon left it with his
The animals in the country, not hearing
him roar any more, gathered round the
goat, and said, "The wisdom of one doth
save a host."
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