The Milkmaid and Her Pail

A Milkmaid went to market with her pail on her head. She was lost in thought about the profits and what she will do with them and tripped. No more milk. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

The Hen and The Fox

A fox tried hard to get a roosting Hen out of a tree but the Hen new better than to come down to her doom. Good show. Beware of interested friendships.

The Blind Man and The Lame Man

A Blind Man and Lame Man cooperated to complete a journey. The Blind Man carried the Lame Man who served as the pair’s eyes. Cooperation can be helpful.

The Litigious Cats

Two Cats let a Monkey split stolen cheese. Monkey cut odd pieces and ate the difference trying to make them equal. Monkey ate last small piece as his fee. Justice is in the eye of the beholder.

The Hermit and The Bear

A Bear guarded a sleeping Hermit from flies except for one which landed on the Hermit’s nose. The Bear killed the fly but also bruised the Hermit’s face. An imprudent friend often does as much mischief as the worst enemy.

The Mouse and The Weasel

A Weasel watched a Mouse go into the corn storage through a small hole. The Mouse ate so much he could not get back out without dieting. Weasel was amused. Gluttony is a sin.

The Boys and The Frogs

Boys playing by a pond began to throw rocks at Frogs, killing several. Frogs cried out they should stop as sport to the Boys was death to the Frogs. Play for one may be death to another.

The Monster In The Sun

An Astronomer observed an animal on the Sun and calculated all manner of characteristics. A doubter examined the instrument. Fly on the lens. Ooops! Extraordinary claims need extraordinary proof.

The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass

A Miller and his Son had an Ass. They tried to change how they moved as they met people along the road. They lost the Ass while trying to please everyone. You can’t please everyone.

The Toad and The May-Fly

An ancient Toad bragged about his background. A May-fly, born that morning, related how his life meant far more than the life of the old Toad. He was right. Size and age don’t indicate importance.