| 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 SEA, THE FOX, AND THE WOLF
A FOX that lived by the
sea-shore once met a wolf that had never seen the sea. The
wolf said, "What is the sea?"
 "It is a great piece of water by my dwelling," said the
"Is it under your control?" said the wolf.
"Certainly," said the fox.
''Will you show me the sea, then?" said the wolf.
''With pleasure," said the fox. So the fox led the wolf to
the sea, and said to the waves, ''Now go back;"—they went
back! "Now come up;"—and they came
up! Then the fox said to the waves, "My friend, the
wolf has come to see you, so you will come up and go back
till I bid you stop;" and the wolf saw, with wonder, the
waves coming up and going back.
He said to the fox, "May I go into the sea?''
''As far as you like. Don"t be afraid,
for, at a word, the sea would go or come as I bid,
and as you have already seen."
The wolf believed the fox, and
followed the waves rather far from the shore. A great wave
soon upset him, and threw up
 his carcass on the shore. The fox made a hearty breakfast on
it, saying, "The fool's ear was made for the knave's
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