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The Gardener And His Landlord The Gardener And His Landlord

The Gardener And His Landlord
A man who had a great fondness for gardening, being half a countryman and half town-bred, possessed in a certain village a fair-sized plot with a field attached, and all enclosed by a quickset hedge. Here sorrel and lettuce grew freely, as well as such flowers as Spanish jasmine and wild thyme, and from these his good wife Margot culled many a posy for her high days and holidays. This happy state of things was soon troubled by the visits of a hare, and to such an extent that the man had to go to his landlord and lodge a complaint.... Short Stories - Post by : 37285 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 633

The Unhappily Married Man The Unhappily Married Man

The Unhappily Married Man
If goodness were always the comrade of beauty I would seek a wife to-morrow; but as divorce between these two is no new thing, and as there are so few lovely forms that enshrine lovely souls, thus uniting both one and the other delight, do not take it amiss that I refrain from seeking such a rare combination. I have seen many marriages, but not one of them has held out allurements for me. Nevertheless, nearly the whole four quarters of mankind courageously expose themselves to this the greatest of all hazards, and--the whole four quarters usually repent it. I will... Short Stories - Post by : digitalcybertv - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2299

The Maiden The Maiden

The Maiden
A certain damsel of considerable pride made up her mind to choose a husband who should be young, well-built, and handsome; of agreeable manners and--note these two points--neither cold nor jealous. Moreover, she held it necessary that he should have means, high birth, intellect; in fact, everything. But whoever was endowed with everything? The fates were evidently anxious to do their best for her, for they sent her some most noteworthy suitors. But these the proud beauty found not half good enough. "What, men like those! You propose them for me! Why they are pitiable! Look at them--fine types, indeed!" According... Short Stories - Post by : Tungsten - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2774

The Dairy-woman And The Pail Of Milk The Dairy-woman And The Pail Of Milk

The Dairy-woman And The Pail Of Milk
A young country woman named Perrette set out one morning from her little dairy-farm with a pail of milk which she cleverly balanced upon her head over a pad or cushion. She hurried with sprightly steps to the market town, and so that she might be the less encumbered, wore a kirtle that was short and light--in truth a simple petticoat--and shoes low and easy. As she went, her thoughts ran upon the price to be gained for her milk, and she schemed a way to lay out the sum in the purchase of one hundred eggs. She was sure that... Short Stories - Post by : ebookwow - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 3227

The Priest And The Corpse The Priest And The Corpse

The Priest And The Corpse
There was a funeral. The dead body was progressing sadly towards its last resting place; and following rather gladly, was the priest who meant to bury it as soon as possible. The dead man, in a leaden coffin, was borne in a coach, and was properly shrouded in that robe the dead always wear be it summer or winter. As for the priest, he sat near it, intoning as hard as he could all sorts of orisons, psalms, lessons, verses, and responses, in the hope that the more he gave the more would be paid for. "Leave it to me, Mr.... Short Stories - Post by : imcaffmngr - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 3173

The Man Who Ran After Fortune And The Man Who Waited For Her In His Bed The Man Who Ran After Fortune And The Man Who Waited For Her In His Bed

The Man Who Ran After Fortune And The Man Who Waited For Her In His Bed
Who does not run after Fortune? I would I were in some spot whence I could watch the eager crowds rushing from kingdom to kingdom in their vain chase after the daughter of Chance! They are indeed but faithful followers of a phantom; for when they think they have her, lo! she is gone! Poor wretches! One must pity rather than blame their foolishness. "That man," they say with sanguine voice, "raised cabbages; and now he is Pope! Are we not as good as he?" Ah! yes! a hundred times as good perhaps; but what of that? Fortune has no eyes... Short Stories - Post by : origwmn - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 3068

The Power Of Fable The Power Of Fable

The Power Of Fable
In the old, vain, and fickle city of Athens, an orator,(2) seeing how the light-hearted citizens were blind to certain dangers which threatened the state, presented himself before the tribune, and there sought, by the very tyranny of his forceful eloquence, to move the heart of the republic towards a sense of the common welfare. But the people neither heard nor heeded. Then the orator had recourse to more urgent arguments and stronger metaphors, potent enough to touch hearts of stone. He spoke in thunders that might have raised the dead; but his words were carried away on the wind. The... Short Stories - Post by : vinzbiz - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1796

The Dog Who Carried His Master's Dinner The Dog Who Carried His Master's Dinner

The Dog Who Carried His Master's Dinner
Our hands are no more proof against gold than our eyes are proof against beauty. There are but few who guard their treasures with care enough. A certain dog who had been taught to carry to his master the mid-day meal was one day trotting along with the savoury burden slung around his neck. He was tempted to take a taste himself; but knew that it would be wrong to do so, and being a temperate, self-governed dog he refrained. We of the human race allow ourselves to be tempted by covetable things often enough; but, strange as it is, there... Short Stories - Post by : questor - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1103

The Oyster And The Pleaders The Oyster And The Pleaders

The Oyster And The Pleaders
One day two pilgrims espied upon the sands of the shore an oyster that had been thrown up by the tide. They devoured it with their eyes whilst pointing at it with their fingers; but whose teeth should deal with it was a matter of dispute. When one stopped to pick up the prey the other pushed him away saying: "It would be just as well first to decide which of us is to have the pleasure of it. He who first saw it should swallow it, and let the other watch him eat." "If you settle the affair that way,"... Short Stories - Post by : ideadoc1 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 726

The Dog With His Ears Cropped The Dog With His Ears Cropped

The Dog With His Ears Cropped
"What have I done to be treated in this way? Mutilated by my own master! A nice state to be in! Dare I present myself before other dogs? O ye kings over the animals, or rather tyrants of them, would any creature do the same to you?" Such were the lamentations of poor Fido, a young house-dog, whilst those who were busy cropping his ears remained quite untouched by his piercing and dolorous howls. Fido believed himself to be ruined for life; but he very shortly found that he was a gainer by the maiming. For being by nature disposed to... Short Stories - Post by : CMartin371 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1754

The Lioness And The She-bear The Lioness And The She-bear

The Lioness And The She-bear
Mamma lioness had lost one of her cubs. Some hunter had made away with it, and the poor unfortunate mother roared out her wailings to such an extent that all the inhabitants of the forest were seriously disturbed. The spells of the night, its darkness and its silence, were powerless to hush the tumult of the queen of the forest. Sleep was driven from every animal within hearing. At last the she-bear rose up and coming to the wailing lioness said, "Good Gossip, just one word with you. All those little ones that have passed between your teeth, had they neither... Short Stories - Post by : monte888 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1497

The Wolf And The Fox In The Well The Wolf And The Fox In The Well

The Wolf And The Fox In The Well
Why does AEsop give to the fox the reputation of excelling in all tricks of cunning? I have sought for a reason, but cannot find one. Does not the wolf, when he has need to defend his life or take that of another, display as much knowingness as the fox? I believe he knows more, and I dare, perhaps with some reason, to contradict my master in this particular. Nevertheless, here is a case where undoubtedly all the honour fell to the dweller in burrows. One evening a fox, who was as hungry as a dog, happened to see the round... Short Stories - Post by : expat - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2048

The Mice And The Screech-owl The Mice And The Screech-owl

The Mice And The Screech-owl
It is not always wise to say to your company, "Just listen to this joke" or "What do you think of this for a marvel?" for one can never be sure that the listeners will regard the matter in the same way that the teller does. Yet here is a case that makes an exception to this good rule, and I maintain that it is in truth wonderful, and, although it has the appearance of being a fable, it is in reality absolute fact. There was once an extremely old pine-tree which an owl, that grim bird which Atropus(18) takes for... Short Stories - Post by : neonsight - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1449

The Forest And The Woodcutter The Forest And The Woodcutter

The Forest And The Woodcutter
A woodcutter had broken or lost the handle of his hatchet and found it not easy to get it repaired at once. During the time, therefore, that it was out of use, the woods enjoyed a respite from further damage. At last the man came humbly and begged of the forest to allow him gently to take just one branch wherewith to make him a new haft, and promised that then he would go elsewhere to ply his trade and get his living. That would leave unthreatened many an oak and many a fir that now won universal respect on account... Short Stories - Post by : DustinStruckman - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1093

The Fox And The Young Turkeys The Fox And The Young Turkeys

The Fox And The Young Turkeys
Some young turkeys were lucky enough to find a tree which served them as a citadel against the assaults of a certain fox. He, one night, having made the round of the rampart and seen each turkey watching like a sentinel, exclaimed, "What! These people laugh at me, do they? And do they think that they alone are exempt from the common rule? No! by all the gods! no!" He accomplished his design. The moon shining brilliantly seemed to favour the turkey folk against the fox. But he was no novice in the laying of sieges, and had recourse to his... Short Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2465

The Elephant And Jupiter's Ape The Elephant And Jupiter's Ape

The Elephant And Jupiter's Ape
Once in the olden times the elephant and the rhinoceros disputed as to which was the more important, and which should, therefore, have empire over the other animals. They decided to settle the point by battle in an enclosed field. The day was fixed, and all in readiness, when somebody came and informed them that Jupiter's ape, bearing a caduceus, had been seen in the air. The fact of his holding a caduceus (20) proved him to be acting as official messenger from Olympus, and the elephant immediately took it for granted that the ape came as ambassador with greetings to... Short Stories - Post by : jagger - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 543

The League Of Rats The League Of Rats

The League Of Rats
There was once a mouse who lived in terrible fear of a cat that had lain in wait watching for her. She was in great anxiety to know what she could do to escape the threatening danger. Being prudent and wise she consulted her neighbour, a large and important rat. His lordship the rat had taken up his abode in a very good inn, and had boasted a hundred times that he had no fear for either tom-cat or she-cat. Neither teeth nor claws caused him any anxious thought. "Dame Mouse," said this boaster, "whatever I do, I cannot, upon my... Short Stories - Post by : epsftp - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2192

The Arbiter, The Hospitaller, And The Hermit The Arbiter, The Hospitaller, And The Hermit

The Arbiter, The Hospitaller, And The Hermit
Three saints, all equally zealous and anxious for their salvation, had the same ideal, although the means by which they strove towards it were different. But as all roads lead to Rome, these three were each content to choose their own path. One, touched by the cares, the tediousness, and the reverses which seem to be inevitably attached to lawsuits, offered, without any reward, to judge and settle all causes submitted to him. To make a fortune on this earth was not an end he had in view. Ever since there have been laws, man, for his sins, has condemned himself... Short Stories - Post by : tgranum - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 1346

The Arbiter, The Almoner, And The Hermit The Arbiter, The Almoner, And The Hermit

The Arbiter, The Almoner, And The Hermit
Three saints, for their salvation jealous, Pursued, with hearts alike most zealous, By routes diverse, their common aim. All highways lead to Rome: the same Of heaven our rivals deeming true, Each chose alone his pathway to pursue. Moved by the cares, delays, and crosses Attach'd to suits by legal process, One gave himself as judge, without reward, For earthly fortune having small regard. Since there are laws, to legal strife Man damns himself for half... Poems - Post by : Marcus_Barber - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 3046

Daphnis And Alcimadure Daphnis And Alcimadure

Daphnis And Alcimadure
An Imitation Of Theocritus.To Madame De La Mesangere.(1) Offspring of her to whom, to-day, While from thy lovely self away, A thousand hearts their homage pay, Besides the throngs whom friendship binds to please, And some whom love presents thee on their knees! A mandate which I cannot thrust aside Between you both impels me to divide Some of the incense which the dews distil Upon the roses of a sacred hill,... Poems - Post by : hirini-reedy - Date : March 2011 - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2941