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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE SHIPWRECKED MAN AND THE SEA
A SHIPWRECKED MAN cast up on the beach fell asleep after his struggle with the waves. When he woke up, he bitterly reproached the Sea for its treachery in enticing men with its smooth and smiling surface, and then, when they were well embarked, turning in fury upon them and sending both ship and sailors to destruction. The Sea arose in the form of a woman, and replied, ' Lay not the blame on me, 0 sailor, but on the Winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself : but the Winds fall upon me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me."
THE WILD BOAR AND THE FOX
A WILD BOAR was engaged in whetting his tusks upon the trunk of a tree in the forest when a Fox came by and, seeing what he was at, said to him,
Why are you doing that, pray? The huntsmen are not out today, and there are no other dangers at hand that I can see." True, my friend," replied the Boar,
but the instant my life is in danger I shall need to use my tusks. There'll be no time to sharpen them then."
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