| 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 MAN AND THE SNAKE
ONCE a man saw a snake entering his
house. His wife, who was at the other
 end of the house, saw it go out. The man
told his wife, "I just saw a snake get into
the house: we must find it out."
"I just saw it go out of the house," said
the wife; "so you need not trouble yourself about it."
"Oh, no," said the man; "you say so
because you wish to avoid the trouble of
seeking for it."
Then he went about the house in quest
of the snake. As he did not find it, he
would not eat, nor would he work nor
sleep. So she got a dead snake, and,
putting it under the cupboard, went up to
her husband and said, "Shall we seek for
the reptile once more?"
"Very well," said the man, and went
about the house again. He came to the
cupboard, and exclaimed, "Ah! I have
found it out, after all!"
Instantly he had a hearty breakfast,
and went to work.
His wife said, as he went out, "He
would not have his breakfast till the snake
 was found out. Fear works while fancy
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