The fox and the horse

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A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work; so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat, and said, 'I want you no longer, so take yourself off out of my stable; I shall not take you back again until you are stronger than a lion.' Then he opened the door and turned him adrift.

The poor horse was very depressed, and wandered up and down in the wood, seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter, my friend?' said he, 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and sad?' 'Ah!' replied the horse, my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years, and because I can no longer work he has turned me away, and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again; what chance can I have of that? He knows I have none, or he would not talk so.'

However, the fox told him to cheer up, and said, 'I will help you; lie down there, stretch yourself out quite stiff, and pretend to be dead.' The horse did as he was told, and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by, and said to him, 'A little way off lies a dead horse; come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcass.' The lion was greatly pleased, and set off immediately; and when they came to the horse, the fox said, 'You will not be able to eat him comfortably here; I'll tell you what--I will tie you to his tail, and then you can draw him to your den, and eat him at your leisure.'

This advice pleased the lion, so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to tie him to the horse. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free. When the work was done, the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder, and said, 'Jip! Dobbin! Jip!' Then up he sprang, and moved off, dragging the lion behind him. The beast began to roar and bellow, till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright; but the horse let him sing on, and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house.

'Here he is, master,' said he, 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant, his heart changed, and he said. 'You can stay in your stable and be well taken care of.' And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat, and lived--till he died.

Tell the story of fable through ritualistic dance

The Ant and the Dove

AN ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and

being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of

drowning. A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked

a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her. The Ant

climbed onto it and floated in safety to the bank. Shortly

afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid

his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant,

perceiving his design, stung him in the foot. In pain the

birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove

take wing.

One good turn deserves another

Tell story only using pantomime.

The Crow and the Pitcher

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had

once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the

mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left

in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it.

He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair.

Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it

into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into

the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher. At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near

him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench

his thirst and save his life.

Little by little does the trick.

Can use sounds and pantomime, even a narrator if desired
The Bat, the Birds and the Beasts

A great conflict was about to come off between the Birds and

the Beasts. When the two armies were collected together the Bat

hesitated which to join. The Birds that passed his perch said:

"Come with us"; but he said: "I am a Beast." Later on, some

Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said: "Come

with us"; but he said: "I am a Bird." Luckily at the last moment

peace was made, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to the

Birds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they all turned

against him and he had to fly away. He then went to the Beasts,

but soon had to beat a retreat, or else they would have torn him

to pieces. "Ah," said the Bat, "I see now,

"He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends."

Actors tell the story through narrators, pantomime, actors speaking roles, etc.

The Miser

A MISER sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold, which he

buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and

went to look at daily. One of his workmen observed his frequent

visits to the spot and decided to watch his movements. He soon

discovered the secret of the hidden treasure, and digging down,

came to the lump of gold, and stole it. The Miser, on his next

visit, found the hole empty and began to tear his hair and to

make loud lamentations. A neighbor, seeing him overcome with

grief and learning the cause, said, "Pray do not grieve so; but

go and take a stone, and place it in the hole, and fancy that the

gold is still lying there. It will do you quite the same

service; for when the gold was there, you had it not, as you did

not make the slightest use of it."

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