(7) A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED
Once two friends set out to earn their livelihood. They had to pass through a thick forest, full of wild beasts. So they decided to stand by each other in the time of trouble. They had not gone far off when they saw a wild bear coming towards them. When it came close, the clevere one climbed up a tree, leaving the other in danger. The second friend did not lose his wits and laid on the ground and held his breath. The bear came near and smelt him all over. Taking him for a dead man, he soon left him. when the danger was over, the selfish friend descended the tree and asked jokingly from the other, “What did the bear whisper in your ears?” The other said. “The bear told me that a friend in need is a friend indeed.” Saying so, he took his way, leaving the selfish one on his own.
A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED.
(8) THE KING AND THE SPIDER
Robert Bruce was a great king of Scotland. In those days, Scotland was under the dominion of Britain. Bruce wanted to make his people happy and free. He tried many times but did not succeed.
After losing, he ran away and hid himself in cave. Suddenly his attention was drawn by a spider that fell
from its cobweb. The spider tried to climb to its web but fell before it could reach to the cieling which was very high. It tried many times but failed. The king thought it would give up trying in despair but it did not. At last, the spider succeeded at the tenth attempt.
The king was much impressed and learnt a great lesson of never losing hope in life from the mini creature. As a result, he took heart, gathesred a large army and attacked the English. This time, he succeeded in defeating the enemy and getting freedom for his country.
TRY, TRY AGAIN.
(9) THE FOX AND THE CRANE
Once upon a time a fox and a crane were great friends. The fox once invited his friend to supper. It wanted to play a trick upon his guest. He, therefore, poured some suop in a broad flat dish and served it before the crane. It was not suitable for the crane because of his long beak. When he began to eat it, it fell out of his mouth at every mouthful. The crane fell teased and angry but the fox was amused greatly. When the feast was over, the crane also invited to fox to have a meal with him. The fox readily accepted the invitation.
The crane wanted to pay the fox back in the same coin. To teach his guest a lesson, the crane set before the fox some boiled rice in a long necked jar. The crane could easily insert his long neck into the jar but the tox was unable to taste the food because of the right opening of the jar . The crane enjoyed a good hearty feast but the fox went away hungry and ashamed.
TIT FOR TAT
(10) THE WOODCUTTER AND HIS AXE
Once there was a poor woodcutter who earned his living by cutting wood from a forest. One day he was cutting wood from a tree. The tree was situated on the bank of the river. As the woodcutter was cutting wood in haste, soon his axe fell into the river. Becoming worried and anxious, he started crying aloud. An angel appeared from somewhere and asked him the cause of his sorrow. The woodcutter explained the whole story to him. He consoled the poor man and aksed him to stop crying.
Then the angel dived into the river and came out with a shining golden axe. He asked the woodcutter if it belonged to him. The woodcutter replied in negative. The angel again jumped into the river and brought a silver axe this time. The woodcuuter again refused to own it. The angel dived into river the third time and came out with an old rusty iron axe. The woodcutter became happy to recognize his axe and thanked the angel. The angel gifted him all the three axes for his honesty.
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.
(11) THE FOOLISH STAG
Once there lived a stag who was very proud of his beauty. Whenever he saw his reflection in water, he always admired his beautiful long horns. But the sight of his thin ugly legs made him sad every time. Once as he was grazing in the forest, all of a sudden there apeared a hunter and his hounds. As soon as he saw this, he ran for his life. The legs which he condemned a lot where of great help to him. They took him away into a jungle and was soon out of sight of his enemies.
Terrified still, he hid himself under a bush but soon he found that his horns were caught by that bush. With each passing moment, the sounds of the hounds were getting nearer. He tried his best to free himself but all was in vain. Before long he was overtaken and caught by the hounds. Now he felt that God does not make anything and it is a sin to find fault with the ways of God. The thing which was dear to him caused his death.