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Aesop’s Fables Home Page

Throughout history fables have been a popular method of giving instruction. Fables contain a short narrative that seeks to illustrate a hidden message. Generally, fables use animals or objects as part of the narrative yet the message is designed to apply to humans. By doing this, the fabulist is not perceived as the teacher and […]

Belling The Cat

The mice met in council to figure out how to defeat the Cat. One suggested a bell for the Cat to warn them. Problem: Nobody would volunteer to bell the Cat. It is easy to propose impossible remedies.

The Mischievous Dog

A bad dog was given a collar so people could be warned at his approach. The dog thought it a good thing and was proud of it. He was wrong. Notoriety should not be mistaken for fame.

The Fox and The Grapes

A fox tries to get grapes to eat but cannot. The fox goes away in disgust saying he didn’t want them anyhow. It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

The Goose With The Golden Eggs

A man owned a goose that laid golden eggs and decided to kill it to obtain the source of gold. There wasn’t one. Too bad. Greed often overreaches itself.

The Cat and The Mice

A cat came to a house with mice and started to feast. The mice hid and the cat, thinking to fool them, hung itself from a peg as a bag. Didn’t work. Do not put yourself at the mercy of a known enemy.

G.K. Chesterton Introduction

The fables marked with the symbol to the right represent 1912 translations by V.S. Vernon Jones with an Introduction by G.K. Chesterton reproduced below. G.K. Chesterton Introduction Æsop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the […]

The Charcoal Maker and The Cloth Cleaner

A charcoal maker invited a cloth cleaner to visit. The cleaner declined because as quickly as he could clean anything it would get dirty again. Like people will work better together.

General Introduction

This collection of Aesop’s Fables contains translations published by The Paperless Readers Club (Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926) retold by Joseph Jacobs and edited by me), a 1912 book by V.S. Vernon Jones with Introduction by G.K. Chesterton, George Fyler Townsend (1814-1900), and Sir Roger L’Estrange (1616-1704). To the best of my knowledge these translations are […]