AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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the well himself in order to fetch him up. But the Dog thought he had come to make sure of drowning him ; so he bit his master as soon as he came within reach, and hurt him a good deal, with the result that he left the Dog to his fate and climbed out of the well, remarking, It serves me quite right for trying to save so determined a suicide.
O NCE upon a time all the Rivers combined to protest against the action of the Sea in making their waters salt. When we come to you,' said they to the Sea, ' we are sweet and drinkable: but when once we have mingled with you, our waters become as briny and unpalatable as your own." The Sea replied shortly, " Keep away from me and you'll remain sweet."
A LION fell deeply in love with the daughter of a cottager and wanted to marry her ; but her father was unwilling to give her to so fearsome a husband, and yet didn't want to offend the Lion ; so he hit upon