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Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)

16. The Mole and His Mother (Perry 214)

A MOLE, a creature blind from birth, once said to his Mother: 'I am sure than I can see, Mother!' In the desire to prove to him his mistake, his Mother placed before him a few grains of frankincense, and asked, 'What is it?' The young Mole said, 'It is a pebble.' His Mother exclaimed: 'My son, I am afraid that you are not only blind, but that you have lost your sense of smell.

George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project Gutenberg. Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google Books.