III. Two Fables
THE LION AND THE GNAT
A lion 1 and a gnat 2 lived in the same forest.3 The lion was king
over all the animals.
Why should the lion be our king 1" cried the gnat.
'° Because he is the strongest," 4 answered the other
I don't know about that," 5 said the gnat. " If
I kill him 6 and show that I am stronger, will you make me king?"
All the animals laughed a great deal at the thought 7 of the little
gnat killing the great lion. But just for fun 8 they promised to
make him king if he killed the lion.
The next day the gnat found the lion fast asleep e under a tree.
Now is my chance," 10 he thought. So he crept 11 up to the
lion and stung 12 him on the ear.
See, he bleeds !" 13 he cried. " I have killed the mighty
lion ! Look, he is dead ! Iie moves no more ! Now I shall be king!"
Just then the lion rose and stretched himself and walked away.
He never knew that the gnat had stung him.
THE CROW AND THE DOVE
Once upon a time a crow 14 and a dove 14 visited a peacock. 14
On the way home the crow said
° What do you think of Mr Peacock? Did you ever meet such a
rude person ?15 What an unpleasant 16 voice he has ! And did you
notice his feet 4 How ugly they are ! Now tell me, did you ever
know any creature so silly and proud 4" 17
To tell the truth," 18 said the dove, " I did not notice
his voice or his feet or his pride.17 I was busy every minute thinking
how beautiful his feathers are, how royally 19 he carries his head,
and how handsome his tail is."
1 A very strong, wild animal, often called the king of animals.
There are lions in Africa and Asia, but not in Europe. 2 A very
small insect that stings. Bees also can sting. We do not like an
insect to sting us. s A great wood. 4 s. 'atrength; op. warmth,
growth, length. b Or: I am not sure about that. 6 Or : take his
life. 7 v. to think ; a. thoughtful. 8 app. seriously, in earnest.
Fun, a. funny ; cp. sun : sunny. 9 When we are fast asleep it is
not easy to wake us. 10 I can best do it now, while he is asleep.
11 Past of : I creep. 12 Past of : I sting; see note 2. 13 When
I cut my finger, it bleeds ; blood comes from it. My finger bled
; it has bled. 14 The crow is a big black bird ; the
dove is a smaller bird ; the peacock is a bird with a beautiful,
big tail. is Person is really a word for a human being ; a. personal.
18 opp, pleasant ; ep. comfortable : uneomfortable ; happy : unhappy.
17 One who thinks much of himself, who has a very good opinion
of himself, is proud. The old cricket was proud (see 1. 2); s.
pride. la Or: I must say. 19 Ur : like a king