Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Trees and the Ax

A MAN came into a forest and asked the Trees to provide him a handle for his ax. The Trees consented to his request and gave him a young ash-tree that no one liked. No sooner had the man fitted a new handle to his ax from it, than he began to use it and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest.

An old oak, lamenting the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, "The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages."

"No need to feel guilty," huffed the man as he started in on the Oak's roots. "I would have done it anyway."

The Trees and the Axe (original fable)

A MAN came into a forest and asked the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his request and gave him a young ash-tree. No sooner had the man fitted a new handle to his axe from it, than he began to use it and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest. An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, "The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages."

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