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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE FISHERMAN AND THE SPRAT
A FISHERMAN cast his net into the sea, and when
he drew it up again it contained nothing but a
single Sprat that begged to be put back into the water.
1 I'm only a little fish now," it said,' but I shall grow big one day, and then if you come and catch me again I shall be of some use to you/' But the Fisherman replied,
1 Oh, no, I shall keep you now I've got you : if I put you back, should I ever see you again ? Not likely ! '
THE BOASTING TRAVELLER
A MAN once went abroad on his travels, and when he came home he had wonderful tales to tell of the things he had done in foreign countries. Among other things, he said he had taken part in a jumping-match at Rhodes, and had done a wonderful jump which no one could beat. ' Just go to Rhodes and ask them," he said; ' every one will tell you it's true." But one of those who were listening said, If you can jump as well as all that, we needn't go to Rhodes to prove it. Let's just imagine this is Rhodes for a minute : and nowójump ! '
Deeds, not words.
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