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Main : Aesop's Fables

 Stories 
Androcles  (by: Author Unknown)
A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him.
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Ants and the Grasshopper, The  (by: Author Unknown)
The Ants were spending a fine winter's day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.
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Ass and His Masters, The  (by: Author Unknown)
An ass, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his present service and provided with another master.
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Ass and the Mule, The  (by: Author Unknown)
The Mule, groaning beneath his heavy burden, said to himself: "I am treated according to my deserts. If I had only been willing to assist the Ass a little in his need, I should not now be bearing, together with his burden, himself as well."
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Bear and the Two Travelers, The  (by: Author Unknown)
Two men were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches.
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Boy and the Nuts, The  (by: Aesop)
A little boy once found a jar of nuts on the table. "I would like some of these nuts," he thought. "I'm sure Mother will give them to me if she were here. I'll take a big handful." So he reached into the jar and grabbed as many as he could hold.
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Dog and the Shadow, The  (by: Author Unknown)
A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat double his own in size.
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Father and his sons, The  (by: Author Unknown)
A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks.
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Goat and the Goatherd, The  (by: Author Unknown)
A Goatherd had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons.
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Hercules and the Wagoner  (by: Author Unknown)
A carter was driving a wagon along a country lane, when the wheels sank down deep into a rut. The rustic driver, stupefied and aghast, stood looking at the wagon, and did nothing but utterloud cries to Hercules to come and help him.
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