The Lion and the Mouse

Aesop Fables 6 What ultimately woke up the sleeping lion was a mouse brushing its cheek on the lion’s face while it was sleeping. He chased him in a fit of wrath, caught him, and was ready to put him to death when the mouse pleaded with him in a pitiful tone, saying, “If you would just spare my life, I would be sure to reciprocate your charity.” (If you would only let me live, I would make it my duty to return your compassion.) The lion let him go after mocking him and laughing at him. Soon after this, … Continue reading The Lion and the Mouse

The Father And His Sons

A father had a family of boys who were constantly fighting.The fighting never stopped. After he was unsuccessful in resolving their disagreements via his exhortations, he made the decision to provide them with a real-world example of the harmful effects of disunity. After he was unsuccessful in resolving their disagreements via his exhortations, he made the decision to provide them with a real-world example of the harmful effects of disunity. When they were finished, he handed the faggot to each of them one at a time, one after the other, and gave them the instruction to shatter it into bits. … Continue reading The Father And His Sons

Rip Van Winkle

The short novella known as “Rip Van Winkle” was written by the American author Washington Irving and published for the first time in the year 1819. Rip Van Winkle, a Dutch-American peasant living in colonial America, is the protagonist of this story. He travels to the Catskill Mountains, where he meets some mystery Dutchmen, drinks their wine, and then falls asleep. He slept throughout the American Revolution, so when he awoke 20 years later, he found himself in a drastically different world. by Washington Irving In the years leading up to the founding of the United States, a Dutch-American man … Continue reading Rip Van Winkle

The Ass and the Grasshopper

an Aesop Fable As soon as he heard some grasshoppers chirping, an ass became quite fascinated with the music. Wanting to be able to captivate others with the same charms of song, he inquired as to what kind of food the grasshoppers consumed in order to have such wonderful voices. They responded with the word “dew.” The ass made the decision that the dew would be his sole source of sustenance, and not long after, he passed away from starvation. Continue reading The Ass and the Grasshopper

The Dream

By O.Henry This was the last piece that O. Henry ever produced. After his demise, the incomplete manuscript that he had been working on for  was discovered in his room, on the dusty desk where it had been left. The story of the dream takes place in a jail, where the protagonist, Murray, is awaiting his execution at eight o’clock that evening. The event is shown as taking place in the dream. When we first encounter Murray in the dream, he is interacting with an ant as a toy. The ant is moving about on a sheet of paper, and … Continue reading The Dream

The Ant and the Grasshoppers.

Aesop’s Fables THE ANTS were using a beautiful day in the middle of winter to finish drying the grain that they had gathered throughout the summer. A grasshopper that was almost dead from starvation came by and pleaded with others around for some food to save its life. The Ants confronted him with the question, “Why did you not store food away throughout the summer?” He said, “I did not have sufficient leisure. Singing helped me get through the days.” Then, in a mocking tone, they replied, “If you were stupid enough to sing all summer, you must dance supperless … Continue reading The Ant and the Grasshoppers.

Ramayana Summary 4

Rama leaves home to assist Viswamithra. King Dasaratha welcomed Viswamitra much as Indra would welcome Brahma, and as he was doing so, the King stated (while caressing Viswamitra’s feet): “I am really fortunate among men. Your presence here can only be explained by the virtue of my predecessors who came before me. Your beautiful face brightens up my day just like the sun shines to drive away the gloom of the previous night. My emotions are overflowing.You were born a king, and through the practice of tapas, you have become a Brahma rishi. And you have traveled here in search … Continue reading Ramayana Summary 4

Aesop’s Fables

1. The Ant and the Dove When thirsty, an ant walked to the river’s edge to drink, but it almost drowned in the swift current. A Dove perched on a tree overlooking the river plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream adjacent to her. The Ant got on it and was able to float to the bank without getting wet. Shortly thereafter a bird-catcher arrived and stood beneath the tree, and put his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat on the branches. The Ant, realising his purpose, stung him in the foot. The bird-catcher flung the twigs … Continue reading Aesop’s Fables

The Gift of Magi

by O. Henry Story in a nutshell: Della Young realises on Christmas Eve that she only has $1.87 to buy a present for her husband Jim. Madame Sofronie, a neighbouring hairdresser, buys Della’s long hair for $20. Della then spends the money to buy Jim’s platinum pocket watch a beautiful chain. Della tells Jim when he gets home from work that she sold her hair to buy him the chain. Jim presents Della with a set of beautiful combs that she will be unable to use until her hair grows back. Della hands Jim the watch chain, and he explains … Continue reading The Gift of Magi