Modern Fables and Parables

Modern Fables and Parables


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...consume your riches. But, after all, why should I chide this infinitesimal creature? It was manifesting about as much wisdom _as human beings who gather unto themselves a big pile of perishables, and then sit-down and glory in their accumulations. Ho, ho, come this way! sang a spider to a fly that sat near his web. I will not go near you until I see what has become of my friend who was lately seen hanging to your web. Is that your friend? asked the shrewd spider.. It is. Then come at once, for he is now lying on my couch in sickness and has been crying deliriously for you ever since I befriended him. I picked him up in a wounded condition. I cannot trust you nor your web, quickly responded the wise fly. Surely I will do you no harm and as for the web I will hold it aside until you get into the interior apartment. Come quickly, for your friend s sake. The fly knew better, but the thought of a friend crying for him blinded his senses to the peril. A moment later the spider was seen pulling his web aside to make a so-called safe passage for the fly. As soon as the fly was inside he was tangled in the denser webs and was struggling to be free. Where is my friend Z cried the fly in despair. I think I see him coming for you outside near the web. If you keep real quiet, perchance I can induce him to come in and assist you. If I tell him that you are helpless that will not be telling a lie, will it? Then the poor fly saw how he had been caught and begged the spider for liberty. But Mr. Spider pretended that he could not hear any cry from within, and so the miserable fly perished to make...

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United States National Transportation, William Shuler Harris
Paperback | 50 pages
189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
Publication date
15 Jan 2013
Publication City/Country
Miami Fl, United States
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations