THE FOX AND THE GRAPES
A hungry Fox saw some fine bunches of Grapeshanging from a vine that
was trained along a high trellis, and did his best toreach them by
jumping as high as he could into the air.
But it wasall in vain, for
they were just out of reach: so he gave up trying,and walked away
with an air of dignity and unconcern, remarking, "Ithought those
Grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quitesour."
THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGGS
A Man and his Wife had the good fortune topossess a Goose which laid
a Golden Egg every day.
Lucky though they were,they soon began to
think they were not getting rich fast enough, and,imagining the bird
must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill itin order to
secure the whole store of precious metal at once.
But when they cut it
open they found it was just like any other goose.
Thus, they neither
got rich all at once, as they had hoped, norenjoyed any longer the
daily addition to their wealth.
Much wants more and loses all.
THE CAT AND THE MICE
There was once a house that was overrun withMice.
A Cat heard of
this, and said to herself, "That's the place for me,"and off she went
and took up her quarters in the house, and caughtthe Mice one by one
and ate them.
At last the Mice could stand it nolonger, and they
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Aesop's Fables, Volume 1 (Fables 1-25)
determined to take to their holes and stay there.
said the Cat to herself: "the only thing to do is tocoax them out by