Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Peasant and the Apple-Tree

A PEASANT had in his garden an Apple-Tree, which bore no fruit but only served as a harbor for the sparrows and grasshoppers. He resolved to cut it down, and taking his ax in his hand, made a bold stroke at its roots. The grasshoppers and sparrows entreated him not to cut down the tree that sheltered them, but to spare it, and they would sing to him and lighten his labors.

He paid no attention to their request, but gave the tree a second and a third blow with his ax. The grasshoppers and sparrows then threatened him with a plague of suffering.

When he reached the hollow of the tree, he found a hive full of raging bees. Having tasted the pain of a thousand stings, he threw down his ax, and rolled about on the ground screaming.

Self-interest alone moves some men.

The Peasant and the Apple-Tree (original fable)

A PEASANT had in his garden an Apple-Tree which bore no fruit but only served as a harbor for the sparrows and grasshoppers. He resolved to cut it down, and taking his axe in his hand, made a bold stroke at its roots. The grasshoppers and sparrows entreated him not to cut down the tree that sheltered them, but to spare it, and they would sing to him and lighten his labors. He paid no attention to their request, but gave the tree a second and a third blow with his axe. When he reached the hollow of the tree, he found a hive full of honey. Having tasted the honeycomb, he threw down his axe, and looking on the tree as sacred, took great care of it.

Self-interest alone moves some men.

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