AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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' Do you see that wretched little buzzing insect? I'm terribly afraid of its getting into my ear : if it once gets in, I'm dead and done for." The Lion's spirits rose at once when he heard this : For," he said to himself, " if the Elephant, huge as he is, is afraid of a gnat, I needn't be so much ashamed of being afraid of a cock, who is ten thousand times bigger than a gnat."
A PIG found his way into a meadow where a flock of Sheep were grazing. The shepherd caught him, and was proceeding to carry him off to the butcher's when he set up a loud squealing and struggled to get free. The Sheep rebuked him for making such a todo, and said to him, The shepherd catches us regularly and drags us off just like that, and we don't make any fuss." ' No, I dare say not," replied the Pig, " but my case and yours are altogether different: he only wants you for wool, but he wants me for bacon."
A GARDENER'S Dog fell into a deep well, from which his master used to draw water for the plants in his garden with a rope and a bucket. Failing to get the Dog out by means of these, the Gardener went down into