| 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 KITES, THE CROWS, AND THE FOX
THE kites and the crows made an agreement among themselves that they should
go halves in everything obtained in the
forest. One day they saw a fox that had
been wounded by the hunters lying in a
helpless condition under a tree, and gathered
The crows said, "We will take the
upper half of the fox."
"Then we will take the lower half," said
The fox laughed at it, and said, "I
 always thought the kites were superior
in creation to the crows; as such they
must get the upper half of my body, of
which my head, with the brain and other
delicate things in it, forms a portion."
"Oh, yes, that is right," said the kites;
"we will have that part of the fox."
"Not at all," said the crows?" we must
have it, as already agreed." Then a war
arose between the rival parties, and a great
many fell on both sides, and the remaining
few escaped with difficulty.
The fox continued there for some days,
leisurely feeding on the dead kites and
crows, and then left the place hale and
hearty, observing, "The weak benefit by the
quarrels of the mighty."
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