The Bees, The Drones, And The Wasp

by Aesop

SOME BEES had built their comb in the hollow of an old trunk of an oak. The drones asserted that it was their doing, and belonged to them. The cause was brought into court before Judge Wasp. Knowing something of the parties, he thus addressed them: The plaintiffs and the defendants are so much alike in shape and color as to render the ownership a doubtful matter. Let each party take a hive to itself, and build up a new comb, that from the shape of the cells and the taste of the honey, the lawful proprietors of the property in dispute may appear. The Bees readily assented to the plan. The drones declined it. Whereupon the Wasp gave judgement: It is clear now who made the comb, and who cannot make it; the Court adjudges the honey to the Bees.

Professions are best tested by deeds.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,