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The Snake and the Ants

a certain ant-hill lived a prodigious black snake, and his name was Haughty. One day, instead of following the beaten path out of his hole, he tried to crawl through a narrower crevice. In doing so, he suffered a wound, because his body was huge...

The Brahman’s Goat

a certain town lived a Brahman named Mitra Sharma, who had undertaken the labour of maintaining the sacred fire. One day in the month of February, when a gentle breeze was blowing, when the sky was veiled in clouds and a drizzling rain was falling...

The Cat’s Judgement

one time there lived many animals in a certain tree. And beneath the same tree dwelt one bird, a partridge. One day the partridge went foraging with other birds to a spot where the rice was ripe and abundant, and he did not return at nightfall...

How the Rabbit Fooled the Elephant

a part of a forest lived an elephant-king named Four-Tusk, who had a numerous retinue of elephants. His time was spent in protecting the herd. Now once there came a twelve-year drought, so that tanks, ponds, swamps, and lakes went dry. Then all the...

The Mice That Set Elephants Free

here was once a region where people, houses, and temples had fallen into decay. So the mice, who were old settlers there, occupied the chinks in the floors of stately dwellings with sons, grandsons (both in the male and female line), and further...

The Bull and the Jackal

a certain town lived a young & virile bull. Full of energy, he abandoned the herd and went wild in the forest. In that forest lived a jackal with his wife. They used to catch mice on the riverbank as they would come to drink water. One day...

Mister Duly

nce there lived a merchant named Sagargupta. His son picked up a book at a sale for a hundred rupees. The entire book consisted of only one verse: “Man gets what is in his destiny, Even God cannot prevent it. To me it makes no difference, What’s...

Gold’s Gloom

n the southern country is a city called Mahilaropya, and in its neighborhood, there is a Shiva shrine. In a cell nearby lived a hermit named Tamrachud. Every day he would travel into the city to collect alms, and come back to cook his meal with the...

Mother Shandilee’s Bargain

here was once a hermit in a certain place and he was on a journey. While he was traveling, at one time he asked a Brahman in a town for shelter during the rainy season and brahman accepted his request. When the hermit was asleep. Brahmin said to his...

Self-Defeating Forethought

here was once a Hillman in a certain place who set out to increase his sins by hunting. As he walked along, he met a boar that resembled the top of Sooty Mountain. Then with a sharp arrow, he shot the boar, who in turn angrily tore the...

The Bharunda Birds

By a certain lake in the world lived birds called “bharunda birds.” They had one belly and two necks apiece. While one of these birds was sauntering about, his first neck found some nectar. Then the second said: “Give me half...

The Foolish Friend

In this spot they sold all three gems, the merchant’s son serving as their agent. The considerable capital thus obtained he laid before the prince, who, having appointed the son of the man of learning his prime minister, planned to seize the...

The Sensible Enemy

here was once a prince who made friends with a merchant’s son and the son of a man of learning.Every day the three found entertainment in various diversions, flirtations, and pastimes in public squares, parks, and gardens. Every day the prince...

The Results of Education

On a part of a mountain a hen-parrot brought two chicks into the world. These chicks were caught by a hunter when the mother had left the nest to search for food. One of them – since fate decreed it – contrived to escape, while the other...

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