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Fantastic Fables

by Ambrose Bierce 1899 Edition Contents The Moral Principle and the Material Interest The Crimson Candle The Blotted Escutcheon and the Soiled Ermine The Ingenious Patriot Two Kings An Office…

Fantastic Fables

Contents The Moral Principle and the Material Interest The Crimson Candle The Blotted Escutcheon and the Soiled Ermine The Ingenious Patriot Two Kings An Officer and a Thug The Conscientious Official …

Aesop's Fables

Contents Introduction The Fox and the Grapes The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs The Cat and the Mice The Mischievous Dog The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller The Mice in Council The Bat and t…

Aesop's Fables: Aesop's Fables

by Aesop Aesop's FablesContentsIntroductionThe Fox and the GrapesThe Goose That Laid the Golden EggsThe Cat and the MiceThe Mischievous DogThe Charcoal-Burner and the FullerThe Mice in CouncilThe Bat…

Aesop's Fables: Demades and His Fable

by Aesop The Ploughman, the Ass, and the OxThe Monkey and the DolphinDemades and His Fable Demades the orator was once speaking in the Assembly at Athens; but the people were very inattenti…

Aesop's Fables: Introduction

by Aesop The Fox and the GrapesIntroduction Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of…

Aesop's Fables: The Blackamoor

by Aesop The Lion, the Bear, and the FoxThe Two Soldiers and the RobberThe Blackamoor A Man once bought an Ethiopian slave, who had a black skin like all Ethiopians; but his new master thou…

Aesop's Fables: The Prophet

by Aesop The Lion and the AssThe Hound and the HareThe Prophet A Prophet sat in the market-place and told the fortunes of all who cared to engage his services. Suddenly there came running u…

Aesop's Fables: The Astronomer

by Aesop The Trees and the AxeThe Labourer and the SnakeThe Astronomer There was once an Astronomer whose habit it was to go out at night and observe the stars. One night, as he was walking…

Aesop's Fables: The Mule

by Aesop The Herdsman and the Lost BullThe Hound and the FoxThe Mule One morning a Mule, who had too much to eat and too little to do, began to think himself a very fine fellow indeed, an…