AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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MERCURY AND THE SCULPTOR
MERCURY was very anxious to know in what esti mation he was held by mankind; so he disguised himself as a man and walked into a Sculptor's studio, where there were a number of statues finished and ready for sale. Seeing a statue of Jupiter among the rest, he inquired the price of it. 'A crown," said the Sculptor. Is that all ? said he, laughing ; ' and ' (pointing to one of Juno) ' how much is that one ? ' That," was the reply, ' is half a crown." And how much might you be wanting for that one over there, now? he continued, pointing to a statue of himself. That one ? ' said the Sculptor ; ' Oh, I'll throw him in for nothing if you'll buy the other two."
THE FAWN AND HIS MOTHER
A HIND said to her Fawn, who was now well grown and strong, ' My son, Nature has given you a powerful body and a stout pair of horns, and I can't think why you are such a coward as to run away from the hounds." Just then they both heard the sound of a pack in full cry, but at a considerable distance. You stay where you are," said the Hind; ' never mind me ' : and with that she ran off as fast as her legs could carry her.
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