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Aesop's Fables

By Townsend, George Fyler

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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Aesop's Fables  
Author: Townsend, George Fyler
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Townsend, G. F. (n.d.). Aesop's Fables. Retrieved from

PREFACE: THE TALE, the Parable, and the Fable are all common and popular modes of conveying instruction. Each is distinguished by its own special characteristics. The Tale consists simply in the narration of a story either founded on facts, or created solely by the imagination, and not necessarily associated with the teaching of any moral lesson. The Parable is the designed use of language purposely intended to convey a hidden and secret meaning other than that contained in the words themselves; and which may or may not bear a special reference to the hearer, or reader. The Fable partly agrees with, and partly differs from both of these. It will contain, like the Tale, a short but real narrative; it will seek, like the Parable, to convey a hidden meaning, and that not so much by the use of language, as by the skilful introduction of fictitious characters; and yet unlike to either Tale or Parable, it will ever keep in view, as its high prerogative, and inseparable attribute, the great purpose of instruction, and will necessarily seek to inculcate some moral maxim, social duty...

Table of Contents
· Preface · The Wolf and the Lamb · The Bat and the Weasels · The Ass and the Grasshopper · The Lion and the Mouse · The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller · The Father and His Sons · The Boy Hunting Locusts · The Cock and the Jewel · The Kingdom of the Lion · The Wolf and the Crane · The Fisherman Piping · Hercules and the Wagoner · The Ants and the Grasshopper · The Traveler and His Dog · The Dog and the Shadow · The Mole and His Mother · The Herdsman and the Lost Bull · The Hare and the Tortoise · The Pomegranate, Apple-Tree, and Bramble · The Farmer and the Stork · The Farmer and the Snake · The Fawn and His Mother · The Bear and the Fox · The Swallow and the Crow · The Mountain in Labor · The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion · The Tortoise and the Eagle · The Flies and the Honey-Pot · The Man and the Lion · The Farmer and the Cranes · The Dog in the Manger · The Fox and the Goat · The Bear and the Two Travelers


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