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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney


 

 

THE FISHERMAN AND THE LITTLE FISH

A
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 [45] 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.


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