Aesop's Fables by Gibbs Laura Aesop

Aesop's Fables by Gibbs Laura Aesop

Author:Gibbs, Laura, Aesop
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK
Published: 2002-10-14T16:00:00+00:00

Fable 291 (Chambry 172 = Perry 54)

The Farmer’s Boy and the Snails

A farmer’s boy was roasting snails. When he heard them sizzling in the fire, he said, ‘You wretched creatures! Your homes are on fire and all you can do is sing!’

This story shows that anything which is done at the wrong time is liable to be ridiculed.

Fable 292 (Chambry 80* = Perry 52)

The Farmer and His Dogs

There was a farmer who was trapped on his country estate by a winter storm. He didn’t have any food, so first he ate his sheep, then his goats. When the storm got worse, he even slaughtered the oxen who pulled his plough. When the dogs saw what was happening, they said to one another, ‘Let’s get out of here now! Since we can see that the master didn’t even spare the oxen who labour on his behalf, how can we expect to be spared?’

The story shows that you should especially avoid someone who does not even spare his own people.


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