The Story of the Grasshopper and the Owl

Aesop’s Fables 8 The Owl never sleeps at night; she usually sleeps during the day. Then, after the sun had set, as the pink light from the sky began to fade and the darkness began to gently rise through the woods, out she came fluttering and blinking from the old hollow tree. Now her strange “hoo-hoo-hoo-oo-oo” resonates through the calm wood, and she starts her quest for the insects and beetles, frogs, and mice that she enjoys eating so very much. Now, there was a specific elderly Owl who, as she got older, had developed a reputation for being quite … Continue reading The Story of the Grasshopper and the Owl

A Tale of the Crow and the Pitcher

Aesop’s Fables 10 During a stretch of dry weather when there was little available for the birds to drink, a thirsty Crow discovered a pitcher that had a few drops of water in it. But because of the pitcher’s height and its narrow neck, the Crow was unable to get any of the water inside of it, no matter how hard he tried. The poor creature had the impression that he was about to pass out from thirst. Then he had a thought pop into his head. He took a handful of the smaller stones and placed them one after … Continue reading A Tale of the Crow and the Pitcher

The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

The Mouse in the City and the Mouse in the Country Aesop’s Fables 3 Once upon a time, a town mouse travelled to the country to see a relative who resided there. The country mouse offered a meal consisting of wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, along with a splash of cold water for a beverage. The Town Mouse ate very little, simply nibbling on a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and it was quite clear from the way that she behaved that the only reason she ate the basic food was to be kind. Following … Continue reading The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

Who will Bell the Cat

Aesop’s Fables 2 Once upon a time, the mice had a gathering in order to come up with a strategy on how they might become free from their adversary, the cat. At the very least, they hoped to discover some method for determining when she would arrive, so that they would have some chance to escape. They lived in such continuous terror of her claws that they barely ever ventured to emerge from their burrows, regardless of the time of day or night. In fact, something had to be done about it. There were several proposals considered, but none of … Continue reading Who will Bell the Cat

The Wolf and the Crane-

Aesop Fables 5 Once, a wolf caught and killed a rabbit and was eating it. Along with the meat, a piece of bone became lodged in his throat. The wolf cried out in great pain, unable to swallow or spit anything out. The wolf cried to all animals and birds that came by and asked them to help him by removing the bone stuck in his throat. He said whoever removes this bone will be rewarded with whatever they ask for. At last, a passing crane agreed to remove the bone from the wolf’s throat. With its long beak, the … Continue reading The Wolf and the Crane-

The Snake and the Farmer

An Aesop’s Fable Once, a village farmer’s son stepped on a snake, and the enraged snake bit the boy, killing him instantly. The angry farmer cut the snake’s tail with an axe and mutilated the snake. The snake, out of enmity with the farmer, started to bite and kill the farmer’s cows one after another. The farmer’s efforts to find the snake and kill it were unsuccessful because during the day the snake was hiding itself in holes under the earth. It came out of the furrows only in the darkness to bite the farmer’s cows. At last, the farmer … Continue reading The Snake and the Farmer

The Winter’s Tale

Story of the Shakespearean Drama (Comedy) Leontes was the king of Sicily, and Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, was his closest friend. They were raised together and only separated when they reached adulthood and had to take command over their own kingdoms. After several years, when they were both married and had children, Polixenes traveled to Sicily to stay with Leontes. Leontes was a violent-tempered and fairly foolish guy, and he foolishly believed that his wife, Hermione, preferred Polixenes over him, her husband. He instructed one of his lords, Camillo, to poison Polixenes’ drink, since he was unable to dispel … Continue reading The Winter’s Tale

The Ape and the two Travellers

3. The Ape and the two Travellers. Two men were traveling together when they happened across the realm of apes by complete accident. One of the men was known for telling the truth at all times, while the other never said anything but falsehoods. One of the apes, who had self-promoted to the position of the king of the apes, gave the order for them to be apprehended and brought before him so that he could find out what people thought of him among humans. At the same time, he gave the order for all of the apes to be … Continue reading The Ape and the two Travellers

The Dog and the Shadow

A dog was walking over a bridge that went over a stream with a piece of meat in his jaws when he noticed his own shadow in the water and mistook it for another Dog who had a piece of meat that was twice as big as the one he was carrying. Almost instantly he let go of his own piece and launched a vicious assault on the other dog in order to take the bigger one that belonged to him. He ended up losing both the thing he was attempting to hold onto in the water (which turned out … Continue reading The Dog and the Shadow

The Traveller and His Dog

A traveller who was just about to go on an adventure watched his dog stand at the door and stare at nothing without preparing himself for the voyage. Sharply he questioned him, „Why are you standing there looking at nothing?“ Everything is ready except for you, so please come with me as soon as possible. The dog responded with a wagging tail and the words „O, master!“ I am well prepared ; it is for you, that I am waiting for. The slow mover will often place the blame for the delay on his companion who is busier. Der Reisende … Continue reading The Traveller and His Dog