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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE TUNNYFISH AND THE DOLPHIN
A TUNNYFISH was chased by a Dolphin and splashed through the water at a great rate, but the Dolphin gradually gained upon him, and was just about to seize him when the force of his flight carried the Tunny on to a sandbank. In the heat of the chase the Dolphin followed him, and there they both lay out of the water, gasping for dear life. When the Tunny saw that his enemy was doomed like himself, he said, I don't mind having to die now : for I see that he who is the cause of my death is about to share the same fate."
THE THREE TRADESMEN
THE citizens of a certain city were debating about the best material to use in the fortifications which were about to be erected for the greater security of the town. A Carpenter got up and advised the use of wood, which he said was readily procurable and easily worked. A Stonemason objected to wood on the ground that it was so inflammable, and recommended stones instead. Then a Tanner got on his legs and said, ' In my opinion there's nothing like leather."
Every man for himself.
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