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Aesop’s Fables

Contents

THE BEAR AND THE TWO TRAVELERS ....................18

THE BELLY AND THE MEMBERS ............................31

THE OXEN AND THE AXLE-TREES .........................18

THE VINE AND THE GOAT ....................................31

THE THIRSTY PIGEON ..........................................18

JUPITER AND THE MONKEY ...................................32

THE RAVEN AND THE SWAN ..................................19

THE WIDOW AND HER LITTLE MAIDENS ...............32

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The Bat and the Weasels ....................................6

HE GOAT AND THE GOATHERD ............................19

HE SHEPHERD’S BOY AND THE WOLF ...................32

THE MISER .........................................................19

THE CAT AND THE BIRDS .....................................32

THE ASS AND THE GRASSHOPPER .............................7

THE SICK LION ...................................................20

THE KID AND THE WOLF .....................................33

THE LION AND THE MOUSE ....................................7

THE HORSE AND GROOM ......................................20

THE OX AND THE FROG .......................................33

THE CHARCOAL-BURNER AND THE FULLER ..............7

THE ASS AND THE LAPDOG ...................................21

THE SHEPHERD AND THE WOLF .............................33

THE FATHER AND HIS SONS ....................................8

THE LIONESS .......................................................21

THE FATHER AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS ...............33

THE BOY HUNTING LOCUSTS ..................................8

THE BOASTING TRAVELER ....................................22

THE FARMER AND HIS SONS .................................34

THE COCK AND THE JEWEL ....................................8

THE CAT AND THE COCK ......................................22

THE CRAB AND ITS MOTHER ................................34

THE KINGDOM OF THE LION ...................................9

THE PIGLET, THE SHEEP, AND THE GOAT ................22

THE HEIFER AND THE OX .....................................34

THE WOLF AND THE CRANE ...................................9

THE BOY AND THE FILBERTS ................................22

THE SWALLOW, THE SERPENT, AND THE COURT OF

THE FISHERMAN PIPING .......................................10

THE LION IN LOVE ..............................................23

JUSTICE .......................................................34

HERCULES AND THE WAGONER ..............................10

THE LABORER AND THE SNAKE .............................23

THE THIEF AND HIS MOTHER ..............................35

THE ANTS AND THE GRASSHOPPER .........................11

THE WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING .........................23

THE OLD MAN AND DEATH .................................35

THE TRAVELER AND HIS DOG ..............................11

THE ASS AND THE MULE .....................................24

THE FIR-TREE AND THE BRAMBLE .........................35

THE DOG AND THE SHADOW ................................11

THE FROGS ASKING FOR A KING ...........................24

THE MOUSE, THE FROG, AND THE HAWK ..............36

THE MOLE AND HIS MOTHER ..............................11

THE BOYS AND THE FROGS ...................................25

THE MAN BITTEN BY A DOG ...............................36

THE HERDSMAN AND THE LOST BULL ....................12

THE SICK STAG ...................................................25

THE TWO POTS ...................................................36

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE ..............................12

THE SALT MERCHANT AND HIS ASS ......................25

THE WOLF AND THE SHEEP ...................................37

THE POMEGRANATE, APPLE-TREE, AND RAMBLE .....13

THE OXEN AND THE BUTCHERS .............................26

THE AETHIOP ......................................................37

THE FARMER AND THE STORK ...............................13

THE LION, THE MOUSE, AND THE FOX ..................26

THE FISHERMAN AND HIS NETS ............................37

THE FARMER AND THE SNAKE ...............................13

THE VAIN JACKDAW ............................................27

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THE HUNTSMAN AND THE FISHERMAN ...................37

HE FAWN AND HIS MOTHER ..............................14

THE GOATHERD AND THE WILD GOATS .................27

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THE OLD WOMAN AND THE WINE-JAR .................38

HE BEAR AND THE FOX ......................................14

THE MISCHIEVOUS DOG ......................................28

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THE FOX AND THE CROW .....................................38

HE SWALLOW AND THE CROW .............................14

THE FOX WHO HAD LOST HIS TAIL ....................28

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THE TWO DOGS ..................................................38

HE MOUNTAIN IN LABOR ...................................14

THE MAN AND HIS TWO SWEETHEARTS ................29

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THE STAG IN THE OX-STALL .................................39

HE ASS, THE FOX, AND THE LION .......................15

THE ASTRONOMER ...............................................29

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THE HAWK, THE KITE, AND THE PIGEONS ..............39

HE TORTOISE AND THE EAGLE ...........................15

THE WOLVES AND THE SHEEP ...............................29

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THE WIDOW AND THE SHEEP ................................39

HE FLIES AND THE HONEY-POT ..........................16

THE OLD WOMAN AND THE PHYSICIAN .................30

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THE WILD ASS AND THE LION ..............................40

HE MAN AND THE LION .....................................16

THE FIGHTING COCKS AND THE EAGLE ..................30

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THE EAGLE AND THE ARROW ...............................40

HE FARMER AND THE CRANES .............................16

THE CHARGER AND THE MILLER ...........................30

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THE SICK KITE ...................................................40

HE DOG IN THE MANGER ...................................17

THE FOX AND THE MONKEY ................................31

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THE LION AND THE DOLPHIN ................................40

HE FOX AND THE GOAT .....................................17

THE HORSE AND HIS RIDER .................................31

THE LION AND THE BOAR ....................................41

Aesop’s Fables

THE ONE-EYED DOE ...........................................41

THE CAT AND THE MICE ......................................51

THE WASP AND THE SNAKE ..................................60

THE SHEPHERD AND THE SEA ................................41

THE LION, THE BEAR, AND THE FOX .....................51

THE DOG AND THE HARE .....................................60

THE ASS, THE COCK, AND THE LION .....................41

THE DOE AND THE LION ......................................51

THE BULL AND THE CALF ....................................60

THE MICE AND THE WEASELS ..............................42

THE FARMER AND THE FOX ..................................52

THE STAG, THE WOLF, AND THE SHEEP ..................60

THE MICE IN COUNCIL ........................................42

THE SEAGULL AND THE KITE ................................52

THE PEACOCK AND THE CRANE .............................60

THE WOLF AND THE HOUSEDOG ...........................42

THE PHILOSOPHER, THE ANTS, AND MERCURY .......52

THE FOX AND THE HEDGEHOG .............................61

THE RIVERS AND THE SEA ....................................43

THE MOUSE AND THE BULL .................................52

THE EAGLE, THE CAT, AND THE WILD SOW ...........61

THE PLAYFUL ASS ...............................................43

THE LION AND THE HARE ....................................53

THE THIEF AND THE INNKEEPER ............................62

THE THREE TRADESMEN ......................................43

THE PEASANT AND THE EAGLE .............................53

THE MULE .........................................................62

THE MASTER AND HIS DOGS ...............................43

THE IMAGE OF MERCURY AND THE CARPENTER ......53

THE HART AND THE VINE ....................................62

THE WOLF AND THE SHEPHERDS ............................43

THE BULL AND THE GOAT ....................................53

THE SERPENT AND THE EAGLE ..............................63

THE DOLPHINS, THE WHALES, AND THE SPRAT ........44

THE DANCING MONKEYS .....................................54

THE CROW AND THE PITCHER ...............................63

THE ASS CARRYING THE IMAGE ............................44

THE FOX AND THE LEOPARD .................................54

THE TWO FROGS .................................................63

THE TWO TRAVELERS AND THE AXE .....................44

THE MONKEYS AND THEIR MOTHER ....................54

THE WOLF AND THE FOX .....................................63

THE OLD LION ...................................................44

THE OAKS AND JUPITER .......................................54

THE WALNUT-TREE ............................................64

THE OLD HOUND ................................................45

THE HARE AND THE HOUND .................................54

THE GNAT AND THE LION ....................................64

THE BEE AND JUPITER .........................................45

THE TRAVELER AND FORTUNE ..............................55

THE MONKEY AND THE DOLPHIN .........................64

THE MILK-WOMAN AND HER PAIL ......................45

THE BALD KNIGHT .............................................55

THE JACKDAW AND THE DOVES ............................65

THE SEASIDE TRAVELERS ......................................46

THE SHEPHERD AND THE DOG ...............................55

THE HORSE AND THE STAG ...................................65

THE BRAZIER AND HIS DOG .................................46

THE LAMP ..........................................................55

THE KID AND THE WOLF .....................................65

THE ASS AND HIS SHADOW ..................................46

THE LION, THE FOX, AND THE ASS .......................56

THE PROPHET ......................................................65

THE ASS AND HIS MASTERS .................................47

THE BULL, THE LIONESS, AND THE WILD-BOAR

THE FOX AND THE MONKEY ................................66

THE OAK AND THE REEDS ....................................47

HUNTER ......................................................56

THE THIEF AND THE HOUSEDOG ...........................66

THE FISHERMAN AND THE LITTLE FISH ..................47

THE OAK AND THE WOODCUTTERS ........................56

THE MAN, THE HORSE, THE OX, AND THE DOG .....66

The Hunter and the Woodman .........................48

THE HEN AND THE GOLDEN EGGS ........................57

THE APES AND THE TWO TRAVELERS ....................67

THE WILD BOAR AND THE FOX ............................48

THE ASS AND THE FROGS .....................................57

THE WOLF AND THE SHEPHERD .............................67

THE LION IN A FARMYARD ...................................48

THE CROW AND THE RAVEN .................................57

THE HARES AND THE LIONS ..................................67

MERCURY AND THE SCULPTOR ...............................48

THE TREES AND THE AXE ....................................57

THE LARK AND HER YOUNG ONES .......................68

THE SWAN AND THE GOOSE ..................................49

THE CRAB AND THE FOX ......................................58

THE FOX AND THE LION ......................................68

THE SWOLLEN FOX .............................................49

THE WOMAN AND HER HEN ................................58

THE WEASEL AND THE MICE ................................68

THE FOX AND THE WOODCUTTER ..........................49

THE ASS AND THE OLD SHEPHERD ........................58

THE BOY BATHING ..............................................69

THE BIRDCATCHER, THE PARTRIDGE, AND THE COCK

THE KITES AND THE SWANS ..................................58

THE ASS AND THE WOLF ......................................69

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THE WOLVES AND THE SHEEPDOGS ........................59

THE SELLER OF IMAGES ........................................69

THE MONKEY AND THE FISHERMEN ......................50

THE HARES AND THE FOXES .................................59

THE FOX AND THE GRAPES ...................................69

THE FLEA AND THE WRESTLER .............................50

THE BOWMAN AND LION .....................................59

THE MAN AND HIS WIFE ....................................70

THE TWO FROGS .................................................51

THE CAMEL ........................................................59

THE PEACOCK AND JUNO .....................................70

Aesop’s Fables

THE HAWK AND THE NIGHTINGALE .......................70

THE DOVE AND THE CROW ..................................81

THE CROW AND THE SHEEP ..................................92

THE DOG, THE COCK, AND THE FOX .....................71

MERCURY AND THE WORKMEN .............................81

THE FOX AND THE BRAMBLE ................................92

THE WOLF AND THE GOAT ...................................71