1) The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion
THE ASS and the Fox, having entered into partnership together for their mutual protection, went out into the forest
to hunt. They had not proceeded far when they met a Lion. The Fox, seeing imminent danger, approached the Lion and
promised to contrive for him the capture of the Ass if the Lion would pledge his word not to harm the Fox. Then, upon
assuring the Ass that he would not be injured, the Fox led him to a deep pit and arranged that he should fall into it.
The Lion, seeing that the Ass was secured, immediately clutched the Fox, and attacked the Ass at his leisure.
Never trust your enemy
2) The Hare With Many Friends
A Hare was very popular with the other beasts who all claimed to be her friends. But one day she heard the hounds
approaching and hoped to escape them by the aid of her many Friends. So, she went to the horse, and asked him to carry
her away from the hounds on his back. But he declined, stating that he had important work to do for his master. "He
felt sure," he said, "that all her other friends would come to her assistance." She then applied to the bull, and hoped
that he would repel the hounds with his horns. The bull replied: "I am very sorry, but I have an appointment with a
lady; but I feel sure that our friend the goat will do what you want." The goat, however, feared that his back might do
her some harm if he took her upon it. The ram, he felt sure, was the proper friend to apply to. So she went to the ram
and told him the case. The ram replied: "Another time, my dear friend. I do not like to interfere on the present
occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep as well as hares." The Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the calf,
who regretted that he was unable to help her, as he did not like to take the responsibility upon himself, as so many
older persons than himself had declined the task. By this time the hounds were quite near, and the Hare took to her
heels and luckily escaped.
He that has many friends, has no friends.
3) The Shipwrecked Impostor
The shipwrecked Chimpanzee had been clinging for a long time to a slender spar, when a Dolphin came up and
offered to carry him ashore. This kind proposition was immediately accepted, and, as they moved along, the Chimp
commenced to tell the Fish many marvelous tales, every one of them a bundle of falsehoods. "Well, well, you are indeed
an educated chap," said the Dolphin in admiration. "My schooling has been sadly neglected, as I went to sea when but a
week old." Just then they entered a large bay, and the Dolphin, referring to it, said, "I suppose you know Herring
Roads?" The chimp, taking this for the name of a fellow, and not wishing to appear ignorant, replied: "Do I know Rhodes?
Well, I should almost think so! He's an old college chum of mine, and related to our family by-" This was too much for
the Dolphin, who immediately made a great leap, and then diving quickly, left the impostor in the air for an instant
before he splashed back and disappeared.
"A liar deceives no one but himself."
4) The Rose and the Amaranth
A Rose and an Amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden, and the Amaranth said to her neighbor, "How I envy you
your beauty and your sweet scent! No wonder you are such a universal favorite." But the Rose replied with a shade of
sadness in her voice, "Ah, my dear friend, I bloom but for a time: my petals soon wither and fall, and then I die. But
your flowers never fade, even if they are cut; for they are everlasting."
"Greatness carries its own penalties."
5) The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back.
The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."
The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"
Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."
Never trust a Scorpion or else you'll get stung
6) The Ant and the Chrysalis
An Ant nimbly running about in the sunshine in search of food came across a Chrysalis that was very near its time
of change. The Chrysalis moved its tail, and thus attracted the attention of the Ant, who then saw for the first time
that it was alive. "Poor, pitiable animal!" cried the Ant disdainfully. "What a sad fate is yours! While I can run
hither and thither, at my pleasure, and, if I wish, ascend the tallest tree, you lie imprisoned here in your shell, with
power only to move a joint or two of your scaly tail." The Chrysalis heard all this, but did not try to make any reply.
A few days after, when the Ant passed that way again, nothing but the shell remained. Wondering what had become of its
contents, he felt himself suddenly shaded and fanned by the gorgeous wings of a beautiful Butterfly. "Behold in me,"
said the Butterfly, "your much-pitied friend! Boast now of your powers to run and climb as long as you can get me to
listen." So saying, the Butterfly rose in the air, and, borne along and aloft on the summer breeze, was soon lost to the
sight of the Ant forever.
"Appearances are deceptive."
7) The Dog and the Hare
A HOUND having started a Hare on the hillside pursued her for some distance, at one time biting her with his teeth
as if he would take her life, and at another fawning upon her, as if in play with another dog. The Hare said to him, "I
wish you would act sincerely by me, and show yourself in your true colors. If you are a friend, why do you bite me so
hard? If an enemy, why do you fawn on me?'
No one can be a friend if you know not whether to trust or distrust him.
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