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XXIII. Fables
A. THE FOX AND THE CROW
A Crow had the good fortune to find a large piece of cheese. She
flew on to the branch of a tree, holding it in her beak. Just
then a Fox came along and caught sight of the Crow. " I
should like that piece of cheese," he said to himself; "but
how can I get it? I cannot climb the tree." After thinking
for a little while, he said to the Crow : " Oh, what a beautiful
bird you are! I am sure I have never seen such beautiful feathers
I If your voice is as sweet as your appearance is lovely, you
ought to be the Queen of the Birds." The Crow was delighted
to hear the Fox speak of her like this, and wanted to show him
that her voice was no less beautiful than her feathers. So she
cawed; but as she opened her beak, the cheese of course fell
down. The Fox jumped upon it in an instant; and as he ran away
with it, he called out: " Your voice is beautiful, Miss
Crow ; but you are not very clever."
B. THE CROW AND THE JUG
A thirsty Crow found a jug with some water in it; but there was
so little that all her attempts to reach it were vain. It seemed
as though she would die of thirst, although water was so near.
At last the Crow had a happy thought. She began dropping little
stones into the jug, and with each stone the water rose a little
higher. At last it was so high that it came to the very brim 1
and the clever Crow could reach it with her beak and satisfy her
thirst.
C. THE DOG, THE COCK, AND THE Fox
A Dog and a Cock became great friends, and agreed to travel together.
At dusk the Cock flew upon the branch of a large tree, and the
Dog lay down inside it, for it was hollow. Next morning the Cock
crowed, as was his habit. A Fox heard his " Cock-a-doodle-do
!" and thought: " Ah, that is going to be my breakfast." He
soon discovered the Cock, and invited him to come down, as he had
something important to tell him. The Cock replied :" With
pleasure ; would you kindly wake my porter who sleeps at the foot
of the tree ? He'll open the door and let you in." So the
Fox knocked on the trunk ; out rushed the Dog and tore the Fox
to pieces.
D. THE LION, THE FOX, AND THE Ass
A Lion, a Fox, and an Ass 1a went out hunting together. Before
long they had killed quite a large number of animals, and determined
to have a meal. The Lion turned to tha Ass, saying: " Divide
2 the animals between us." The Ass divided it all into three
equal 2 parts and modestly begged the Lion and the Fox to choose
the share that pleased them best. This made the Lion very angry;
he jumped upon the Ass and tore it to pieces. He then asked the
Fox to make the division.2 The Fox made a great heap for the Lion,
leaving only a tiny share for himself. " My dear friend," said
the Lion, "who taught you to divide so cleverly?" The
Fox replied: "I took a lesson from the Ass."
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1 The edge of the top of the jug. 1a Or: donkey. 2 Eight divided
by two is (or equals) four (8 = 2= 4) ; s. division ; opp. to
multiply, s. multiplication. Two multiplied by four equals eight
(2 x 4= 8). If we divide a heap of 12 apples into 3 equal parts,
there will be 4 apples in each part; but if there are 5 in one
part, 4 in the second, and 3 in the third, then the parts are
unequal.