. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti Pan 14 .
PK3741.P3 T35 no. 14 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One of twenty in the series, found near the counter as we were settling up a large order of books. Sixteen pages with standard computer art. This version of the story has several unusual elements. The beautiful daughter rejects the first three suitors: the sun god because he is too hot, the lord of the clouds because he is too dark and cold, and the wind god because he is always on the move. The latter then recommends the mountain, not because he is stronger but because he is very strong. She rejects the mountain because he is too hard and tough. At last comes the element usually present in each transaction: Is there anyone stronger? The mountain then recommends the mouse, who easily makes holes in the mountain. The sage who first adopted the mouse dropped into his lap by an eagle comments Look at what destiny had to offer you. You started as a mouse, and were destined to marry a mouse in the end. He then transforms her into a she-mouse and gets her married. The moral is curious: Destiny plays an important role in life. Does not that moral miss some of the fun of the fable's questions about good pairing in life? The final picture may be the best. The happy mouse bride and groom stand in the hands of the happy sage flanked by his happy wife. This image is repeated on the booklet's cover.