The Traveler and Fortune

A person slept by a well. Fortune, not wanting to be blamed for a drowning, saved the person from folly. Everyone is more or less master of his own fate.

The Boy and His Mother

A Boy about to be executed for stealing went to his Mother and bit her ear. He then accused her of abetting his first crime which later led to the gallows. We are made by our teachings in youth.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A bored Boy tending Sheep cried “Wolf!” to get attention. He did it again and people came. A third time and the Boy was ignored. Goodbye flock. A liar will not be believed, even when telling the truth.

The Boy and The Nettles

A boy brushed a Nettle and was stung. His mother told him it had stung him because he brushed it. Grasp it boldly and it will not hurt you. Whatever you do, do it with all your might.

The Boy and The Filberts

A Boy grasped as many Filberts in a pitcher he could hold. His hand became stuck; a bystander pointed out he should not be so greedy to get his hand out. Greed leads to trouble.

The Boy Hunting Locusts

A Boy hunting locusts put out his hand toward a Scorpion. The Scorpion, showing his stinger, made the Boy glad he did not touch him or he would lose all. Caution is important.

The Father, His Sons, and The Bundle of Sticks

Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Same applies to people. There is strength in union.