Fables in English
(Source: Sudarwati. Look Ahead.Jakarta: Erlangga.)
Stories that point out lessons are called Fables. The greatest teller of fables was Aesop. He was a slave in ancient Greece. His stories are simple moral lessons illustrated usually by the actions and speech of animals. Fables entertain, but they also tell important truths about the way people act. Some writers of fables state the lesson, or the moral at the end of the story.
The Lion and the Mouse
Once, when a lion was asleep, a little mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon awakened the lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. “Pardon, O king,” cried the little mouse. “Forgive me this time, I shall never forget it; who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?”
The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.
Some time after, the lion was caught in a trap and the hunters, who desired to carry him alive to the king, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on.
Just then the little mouse happened to pass by and see the sad plight in which the lion was. He went up to the lion and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the king of the beasts. “wasn’t I right?” said the little mouse.
Moral : little friends may prove great friends
The Stroner Man
There was once a very famous general. He was a very strong fine tall man. He was fond of saying that he would give all the money in his purse to any man who was stronger than himself.
One day, when the general was out riding with some friends, his horse stumbled and cast a shoe. There was a village just ahead, and the horse was led up to the door of a blacksmith.
The blacksmith was also a fine tall man, with broa shoulders and strong arms. The general asked him to bring out one of his best horse-shoes.
The blacksmith did so. Then the general, looking at it, said, “this is poor stuff. It will not stand work. Look here!” he took it in his strong hands, and with one twist, he broke the iron like a biscuit.
For a moment the blacksmith looked at him then he brought out another shoe, which the general treated in the same way. Then, the general said, “I see it no use picking and choosing among such a trashy lot. Give me another shoe, and let me go away.”
The blacksmith brought another the general tossed him a gold coin. The blacksmith held it up to the light and said, “this coin of yours is poor stuff, my lord. Look here!”
He took the coin between his finger and thumb and with one pinch, he cracked it in two like a water.
It was now the general’s turn to stare. He gave the man a second coin. And it was broken in the same way.
Then the blacksmith said, “I see it is not use picking and choosing such a trashy lot; give me another coin and we will say good bye.”
The general looked at him, then burst into a laugh, “fairly caught!” he then said, “Mu man, I promised all the money in my purse to anyone I met stronger than myself. Here it is; it is yours. Now come alog with me and serve as smith in my army. You shall not repent having met me.
And the general was as good as his shoe and fitted it on the horse. Then word.
IN INDONESIAN (with google translate English- indonesian)