Two Travelers and a Bear Story Two Men were traveling in company through a forest, when, all at once, a huge Bear crashed out of the brush near them. The other did likewise. From that time on, they say, she contented herself with mice and rats and had little to do with Sir Monkey. Neither would give way, and so they both fell, to be swept away by the roaring torrent below. Just think of it! The next instant he flew at the Lion and stung him sharply on the nose. He had heard that a Bear will not touch a dead body. As the title suggests, a thirsty crow comes across a pitcher full of water. “That means me, I suppose. ‘Down with all Cats,’ is my motto!”. So he pretended he was lame, and began to hobble painfully. But the end is coming.”. “If you will please go around to the door of my house at the foot of the tree, my porter will let you in.”. A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow. “Yes,” answered the Monkey, proudly. The Eagle could not reach the Serpent, neither with beak nor claws. An Eagle, swooping down on powerful wings, seized a lamb in her talons and made off with it to her nest. Friends in fine weather only, are not worth much. What a beautiful form and what splendid wings! But the Dog seemed to be very proud of the clog and dragged it about noisily as if he wished to attract everybody’s attention. It is wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a thousand by flying into a rage. Guessing what the Bear was after, the Bee flew at him, stung him sharply and then disappeared into the hollow log. There is nothing worth so much as liberty. The Farmer, of course, knew the Cranes and their ways. A jar of honey was upset and the sticky sweetness flowed out on the table. Men often condemn others for what they see no wrong in doing themselves. Trickery is not only exclusive to the fox, calmness - not only for pigeons, deceit - not only for the snake, cowardice - not just for rabbits. In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out. Then the Sun began to shine. “We can help you to see the world,” said the Ducks. “Don’t you go wherever you please?”. The Fox was well satisfied, but the Lion flew into a great rage over it, and with one stroke of his huge paw, he added the Ass to the pile of slain. “Say rather ‘we have found a purse’ and ‘how lucky we are.’ Travelers ought to share alike the fortunes or misfortunes of the road.”, “No, no,” replied the other angrily. Now the Beetle told the reason for her action, and Jupiter had to acknowledge the justice of her cause. And when the Merchant at last got him to his feet, much of the salt had melted away. “I was mistaken,” he said. Presently the Peacock saw an Eagle soaring high up in the blue sky and felt a desire to fly, as he had been accustomed to do. Meanwhile, the flock was moving slowly homeward. But just as he was about to put his head under his wing, his beady eyes caught a flash of red and a glimpse of a long pointed nose, and there just below him stood Master Fox. He understood the situation quickly. The Weasels and the Mice were always up in arms against each other. If it is not decided soon, the honey will not be fit for anything. This time he brought up an axe of silver, but the Woodman declared again that his axe was just an ordinary one with a wooden handle. He greatly admired the graceful arch of his antlers, but he was very much ashamed of his spindling legs. The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. Do not try to take the credit to yourself that is due to others. But we should feel very much ashamed to make such a terrible fuss about it like you do.”, “That is all very well,” replied the Pig, with a squeal and a frantic kick. Those who seek to harm others often come to harm themselves through their own deceit. He expected to scare the Cranes just by swinging the sling in the air, and shouting loudly at them. One of the feats he told about was a leap he had made in a city Called Rhodes. Some Dogs found the skin of a Lion and furiously began to tear it with their teeth. But he had a queer, fluttery feeling inside him, for, you know, he was very much afraid of the Fox. So they held a council and decided that the very best thing to do was to drink up the river. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Once they decided to die rather than live in such misery. When the wind blew, the great Oak stood proudly upright with its hundred arms uplifted to the sky. A possession is worth no more than the use we make of it. The Ass did not dislike being carried, but so many people came up to point at him and laugh and shout, that he began to kick and bray, and then, just as they were crossing a bridge, the ropes that held him gave way, and down he tumbled into the river. Now that I think of it, I have a wonderful wine here, sent me from Olympus, of which I am told Apollo drinks before he sings to the high gods. “It bears no fruit whatever, and only serves to litter the ground with leaves.”, “Ungrateful creatures!” said a voice from the Plane Tree. Such a wonderful Bird should have a very lovely voice, since everything else about her is so perfect. This Dog was a favorite and received many a pat and kind word from his Master, as well as choice bits from his plate. The Sheep knew him for a very swift runner, who could easily take himself out of reach, were he so inclined. He was very sure that he could dance quite as well as the Monkey, if not better, so he pushed his way into the crowd that was gathered around the Monkey, and rising on his hind legs, began to dance. As she walked along, her pretty head was busy with plans for the days to come. Shortly afterward, refreshments, consisting mostly of Camel’s hump and ribs, were served to the company. Do not listen to the advice of him who seeks to lower you to his own level. I wish he had stung you!”, “Constancy!” laughed the Butterfly. To the Cat it was almost as if he already had a plump young Mouse under his claws, when an old Rat, who had had much experience with Cats and traps, and had even lost a part of his tail to pay for it, sat up at a safe distance from a hole in the wall where he lived. She seemed very sad and drooping for an Eagle. But Mercury did not give them the golden axe. fables, pick one of the categories at the left. But just then he noticed that the hair on the Dog’s neck was worn and the skin was chafed. It is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness. It was a long time before he came back to her. In pity for the noble Eagle he rushed up and soon had loosened the coiling Serpent and freed the Eagle. At last the Mice kept so closely to their dens, that the Cat saw he would have to use his wits well to catch one. At last, worn out with rage and covered with wounds that his own teeth and claws had made, the Lion gave up the fight. One day when the quarreling had been much more violent than usual and each of the Sons was moping in a surly manner, he asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks. At a great celebration in honor of King Lion, the Monkey was asked to dance for the company. The other was nothing but a bird who wouldn’t harm you in the least. Did you buy it, or did the Shepherd make you a gift of it? The Snake soon revived, and when it had enough strength, bit the man who had been so kind to it. So, as soon as Mother Goat was out of sight, up he trotted to the door and knocked. From shop OldHouseAccents $ 19.00. There he saw with much wonder and envy a flock of royal Peacocks in all the glory of their splendid plumage. Now the Bat family had not openly joined either side. The Ant struggled in vain to reach the bank, and in pity, the Dove dropped a blade of straw close beside it. “Your majesty,” said the Fox, “you are too good. “Take good care of the house, my son,” she said to the Kid, as she carefully latched the door. The sun was sinking. The Bees were just as sure that the treasure was theirs. But the Fox had so many plans for escape he could not decide which one to try first. The farmer climbed down from his seat and stood beside the wagon looking at it but without making the least effort to get it out of the rut. The Fox arrived promptly at the time that had been set, and the Stork served a fish dinner that had a very appetizing smell. The Kid was browsing near the edge of the roof, when he spied a Wolf and began to jeer at him, making faces and abusing him to his heart’s content. Now there were several Woodmen in the village who believed that they could easily win the same good fortune. A Crab one day grew disgusted with the sands in which he lived. “You should always walk straight forward with your toes turned out.”, “Show me how to walk, mother dear,” answered the little Crab obediently, “I want to learn.”. Pray tell me, how did you get it?”. And when she wanted to turn her toes out she tripped and fell on her nose. They drove him very slowly, for they thought they would have a better chance to sell him if they kept him in good condition. The King of Beasts is like wax in our hands!”, “Ho!” laughed the Lion, “a Man made that statue. Put your mouths close to my ears while you tell me the facts.”. Be not greedy for a little passing pleasure. The Boy Who Cried Wolf – An Aesop’s Fable. These, Juno, whose favorite he was, granted to him one day when he begged her for a train of feathers to distinguish him from the other birds. Our best blessings are often the least appreciated. “Very well,” growled the North Wind, and at once sent a cold, howling blast against the Traveler. A store of honey had been found in a hollow tree, and the Wasps declared positively that it belonged to them. That evening he gave the Jackdaw to his children. For a long time he kept away from the other Foxes, for he knew well enough that they would all make fun of him and crack jokes and laugh behind his back. To teach the Frogs a lesson the ruler of the gods now sent a Crane to be king of Frogland. “The honor is not meant for you but for the image you are carrying.”. “Do not expect us to join your flock,” replied one of the Wild Goats. An Eagle sat high in the branches of a great Oak. A Giant Oak stood near a brook in which grew some slender Reeds. In mournful croaks they begged Jupiter to take away the cruel tyrant before they should all be destroyed. The Miller and his Son quickly scrambled down, and a short time later, the market place was thrown into an uproar as the two came along carrying the Donkey slung from a pole. Then, though the Tiger, the Bear, the Wolf, and all the savage beasts recited the most wicked deeds, all were excused and made to appear very saint-like and innocent. His eyes were fixed on the stars. And so the Bat escaped with his life a second time. “Son,” said the Boy’s mother, when she had comforted him, “the next time you come near a Nettle, grasp it firmly, and it will be as soft as silk.”. A Shepherd Boy tended his master’s Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. They then went to bed in a cozy nest in the hedgerow and slept in quiet and comfort until morning. “No need of witnesses,” said one of the hearers. But his plans were very much changed when he met a Lion, who, without making any excuses, took the Lamb away from him. I admit that I have been very greedy and have devoured many sheep. Even the Hare, who, as you know, has no horns and so had nothing to fear, passed a very restless night, dreaming awful dreams about the fearful Lion. Pray tell me, how do your visitors find their way out again?”. Or is it his wrinkled hide? If you drive them away, another greedy swarm will come and take the little blood I have left.”. And this, you may well know, made their work so much the harder to endure. But it was hard for him to live alone, and at last he thought of a plan that would perhaps help him out of his trouble. They soon began to quarrel, for each of them boasted that he and his kind were far superior to the other both in strength and mind. Before he composed himself to rest, he flapped his wings three times and crowed loudly. There was once a Countryman who possessed the most wonderful Goose you can imagine, for every day when he visited the nest, the Goose had laid a beautiful, glittering, golden egg. The useful is of much more importance and value, than the ornamental. “Go along with you, you stupid Ass,” he cried. But she kept her beak tightly closed on the cheese and did not return his greeting. Very timidly at first they stuck out their heads and sniffed about carefully. Read the best illustrated fable stories for children, including Aesop’s fables, de la Fontaine and other moral stories for kids, here at Storyberries! A man boasts of the feats he's accomplished in distant lands. “Your family and mine and all other animals have agreed to forget their differences and live in peace and friendship from now on forever. Though the Miller was not tired, he made the boy get down and climbed up himself to ride, just to please the Merchants. At last one day they flew up to fight it out, beak and claw. In great fear the Mice scurried to a hiding place, where they lay quite still for a long time, hardly daring to breathe. A poor Fisherman, who lived on the fish he caught, had bad luck one day and caught nothing but a very small fry. He visited the hen house very often and at last got so greedy that he would swallow the eggs whole. “Tweet, tweet,” laughed the Birds. The Master was much alarmed at the strange behavior of the Ass, and calling for help, soon attracted the attention of the servants. It was their feast, they thought. The narrow path would have made the bravest tremble. Pingback: IT'S FABLES TIME – Luthfia Khofifah, I am 80, when I was 5 I used to read these stories. Instead of flying up to greet the first rays of the morning sun or to bathe in the rosy light among the floating clouds at sunset, he would have to walk the ground more encumbered and oppressed than any common barnyard fowl. The owner of the Ass went with the Traveler, walking beside him to drive the Ass and point out the way. The Leopard was very proud of his glossy, spotted coat and made disdainful remarks about the Fox, whose appearance he declared was quite ordinary. Flattery is not a proof of true admiration. So he made a great show of looking anxiously about, as if in fear of some hidden enemy. It was such a joyful song that his pleasure-loving heart was filled with a wish to sing as they did. When he had finished talking, an old Fox arose, and said, smiling: “Master Fox, kindly turn around for a moment, and you shall have your answer.”. Handed down by word of mouth for centuries, there are 725 fables … The Beasts, too, had cause for fight. But the Boar kept right on with his work. Do not foolishly ask for things that would bring ruin if they were granted. Besides, I did not know the Cranes were going to steal.”, “You may be a very good bird,” answered the Farmer, “but I caught you with the thieving Cranes and you will have to share the same punishment with them.”. “I certainly am delighted at the news.” But he spoke in an absent way, and stretching up on tiptoes, seemed to be looking at something afar off. But though the little one continued to fret, the Wolf waited all day in vain. A Serpent had succeeded in surprising an Eagle and had wrapped himself around the Eagle’s neck. The Miller did not like to be laughed at, so he told his son to climb up and ride. “I did not even know you were there.”. About Aesop's Fables. They had gone a little farther along the road, when three merchants passed by. Now show us how far you can jump.”. A Bull trampled him with his heavy hoofs. The thirsty Goat immediately jumped in and began to drink. Act in haste and repent at leisure—and often in pain. I am of just as much importance, and”—. After the meal the friends had a long talk, or rather the Town Mouse talked about her life in the city while the Country Mouse listened. All he did was to curse his bad luck and call loudly on Hercules to come to his aid. But instead of thinking, he dropped his bone and sprang at the Dog in the river, only to find himself swimming for dear life to reach the shore. A Fox that had been caught in a trap, succeeded at last, after much painful tugging, in getting away. So there he sat groaning and moaning, both from the discomfort inside him and his anxiety to escape from the basket. Then he heard the Mother’s voice say: “Hush, child, hush! As he crossed a narrow footbridge, he happened to look down and saw himself reflected in the quiet water as if in a mirror. They had so much freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty, and rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled. “If it were not for those Dogs who are always stirring up trouble, I am sure we should get along beautifully. One day, a long time ago, an old Miller and his Son were on their way to market with an Ass which they hoped to sell. Still nearer came the object. Do not on any account part with the estate that has belonged to our family for so many generations. Whatever it is, it is wisest to keep at a safe distance.”. Could she sing just one song, I know I should hail her Queen of Birds.”. When the young Larks told their mother what they had heard that day, she said: “Then we must be off at once. And without more words the Wolf seized the poor Lamb and carried her off to the forest. But the Cock was not to be so easily fooled. Show a little pride!”, “Your feathers may do very well in spring,” replied the Crow, “but—I don’t remember ever having seen you around in winter, and that’s when I enjoy myself most.”. They argued for a long time but neither of them emerged the winner. It was the right password, but when the Kid peeped through a crack in the door and saw the shadowy figure outside, he did not feel at all easy. A raven tries to copy an eagle, but finds it’s not so easy! According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Aesop lived during the sixth century BC and was probably a slave on the island of Samos. “This wheat is now ready for reaping,” said the Farmer. An old Lion, whose teeth and claws were so worn that it was not so easy for him to get food as in his younger days, pretended that he was sick. The loud-mouthed boaster does not impress nor frighten those who know him. But the Serpent’s hold only tightened, and slowly the Eagle sank back to earth, gasping for breath. Aesop lived at the court of King Croesus, after having served many masters as a slave.