| 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 SUN, THE WISE MEN, AND THE WAG
TWO men of great learning and wisdom,
in the East, were one day discussing this
point:—"Is it the same sun that rose
yesterday that shines to-day, or some
other orb every way similar to it?"
A wag, who heard this, addressed them
as follows:—"Reverend sirs, I can easily
solve the question, if you will permit me."
"By all means," said the wise men.
The wag then talked a great deal
about the sun, and said, "To-morrow,
the other half of my discourse will be
So the next day the wise men came to
hear him, when the wag said, "Reverend
sirs, I have my doubts as to your being
 the same wise men that spoke to me
yesterday, and not some others every way
similar to them. So, if you would satisfy
me first on this point, I shall proceed with
the other half of my lecture; else it would
perhaps be thrown away!"
The wise men left the place to wrangle
no more about the sun. The wag cried,
"Too muck light dazzles the sight!"
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