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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine (8 July 1621–13 April 1695) was a widely read French poet in the 17th century and is the most famous French fabulist. His Fables provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages. The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine were […]

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 […]

Mercury and The Carpenter

A workman lost an axe. Mercury recovered a gold and silver axe which the workman refused. Mercury then recovered the real axe and gave him the others. Truth is the better strategy.

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 Miser and The Magpie

A Magpie stole gold from a Miser who said the Magpie should die for stealing. Magpie said the Miser is more guilty for secreting, not using, the gold. Wealth not used is wealth wasted.

The Plague Among The Beasts

The Beasts suffered a plague. A tribunal was to judge the most evil who would be sacrificed. The Ass, who did little wrong, was condemned and eaten. Ouch! If you must be judged, make certain it’s before a fair judge.

The Fox, The Wolf, and The Horse

Fox and Wolf approached a Horse to introduce themselves and assess the prey. Horse said his name was on his hoof. Fox demurred, Wolf got kicked. Smart Fox. Friends may turn on you.

The Hares and The Frogs

Hares were tired of being afraid. They went to drown themselves when they scared some frogs. Fear no more. There is always someone worse off than yourself.

The North Wind and The Sun

The wind and the sun bet on which can force a man to remove a coat. The sun wins. Kindness effects more than severity.

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.