| 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 THIEF AND THE FOX
A MAN tied his horse to a tree went
into an inn. A thief hid the horse in a
wood, and stood near the tree as if he had
not done it.
"Did you see my horse?" said the man.
"Yes," said the thief, "I saw the tree
eat up your horse."
"How could the tree eat up my horse?"
said the man.
"Why, it did so," said the thief.
The two went to a fox and told him of
the case. The fox said, "I am dull. All
last night the sea was on fire; I had to
throw a great deal of hay into it to quench
the flames; so come to-morrow, and I shall
hear your case."
"Oh, you lie," said the thief; "how
could the sea burn? how could hay quench
"Oh, you lie," said the fox, with a
loud laugh; "how could a tree eat up a
The thief saw his lie had no legs, and
gave the man his horse.
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