Aesop's Fables: The Shepherd with the Flute and other stories
. Dreamland Publications . Delhi
DRMLND 12 .
PZ8.2.A254 1997 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is an 8½ x 11 presentation of five fables. The Shepherd with the Flute develops the basic story by making the girl Rani rightly suspicious of the boy Raja's work ethic. His flute has charmed other animals, but only frightens the fish away. He finally drags her net through the water and catches many fish. The Man and the Satyr has the former, not the latter, get lost. The Arab Merchant and the Camel includes a typo: the beast asks to put his head under the tent, and the master asks him to put his neck in. Of course, the beast asks next if he can also put his neck in…. The leads in The Two Beggars are blind and lame. They do so well helping each other that they earn well and even begin studying in the evening. The end result is that they both find good jobs. Brother Generous and the Snake fills out the booklet. Brother Generous takes the snake home on a stick rather than in his shirt. The snake, in a moment of thought unusual for this story, thinks as he awakes that the fire has been lit to kill him, and so he attacks the man. Usually, the snake's reaction is simply instinctual.