| 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 WASP AND THE PRINCE
A WASP, named Pin Tail, was long in quest
of some deed that would make him for
ever famous. So one day he went into
the king's palace, and stung the little
prince, who was in bed. The prince
awoke with loud cries. The king and his
courtiers rushed in to see what had
hap-  pened. The prince was yelling, and the
wasp was stinging him again and again.
The king tried to catch him, and was
stung; each of his courtiers tried in his
turn to catch him, and was stung. Then
the whole royal household rushed in, the
news soon spread into the city, and the
people flocked round the palace.
After much ado, the wasp was caught
and flung on the ground, where he was
severely hurt. He tried, however, to hol'd
hard to a nook in the chamber, till the
evening, when the servants that came to
make the prince's bed said to one another,
"The noise in the city has not yet ceased.
They are still proclaiming with trumpet
and drum the great event in the palace
"Yes," said one of the servants, "I hear
their words clearly."
"What do they say?" said another.
"Why," said the former, "they say, a
wasp named Pin Tail entered the palace,
in spite of the guards, who watched at
 every gate, and stung the prince, the king,
and his courtiers."
"The whole city," said his comrade,
"is still in an uproar all business suspended. Everybody is crying, 'Pin Tail,
Pin Tail.' Never did such an event
The wasp, which was about to die,
heard these words, and expired exclaiming "So, after all, Pin Tail hath done
something which never happened before!
That is gratifying! A name without
fame is like fire without flame. Nothing
like attracting notice at any cost"
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