THE FISHERMAN AND THE LITTLE FISH
LL day long a Fisherman had been toiling and had caught nothing.
"I will make one more effort," thought he, "and then I must go home."
He threw in his line, and soon drew up a very small perch.
The little Fish was terribly frightened when he found himself out of
 water, and with a sharp hook sticking in his mouth; and he said to the Fisherman:
"O sir, take pity upon me, and throw me into the water again! See what a
little thing I am. I should not make one mouthful for you now; but if you
leave me in the water, I shall grow large and stout, and then I shall be
worth catching. You can make a dinner of me then, or sell me for a good price."
"Ah!" said the Fisherman, "it is true you are small, but I have you safely
now. If I should throw you back, I might never catch you again. You are
better than nothing. I will keep you"; and he put little Fish into his
basket, and took him home with him.