Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 22. The Frog and the Ox (Perry
"Oh Father," said a little Frog to the big one sitting by the
side of a pool, "I have seen such a terrible monster! It was as big
as a mountain, with horns on its head, and a long tail, and it had hoofs
divided in two."
"Tush, child, tush," said the old Frog, "that was only
Farmer White's Ox. It isn't so big either; he may be a little bit taller
than I, but I could easily make myself quite as broad; just you see."
So he blew himself out, and blew himself out, and blew himself out. "Was
he as big as that?" asked he.
"Oh, much bigger than that," said the young Frog.
Again the old one blew himself out, and asked the young one if the Ox
was as big as that.
"Bigger, father, bigger," was the reply.
So the Frog took a deep breath, and blew and blew and blew, and swelled
and swelled and swelled. And then he said: "I'm sure the Ox is not
as big asBut at this moment he burst.
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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