The Boy and the Nettles

by Aesop

A BOY was stung by a Nettle. He ran home and told his mother, saying: Although it pains me so much, I did but touch it ever so gently. That was just it, said his mother: which caused it to sting you. The next time you touch a Nettle, grasp it boldly, and it will be soft as silk to your hand, and not in the least hurt you.

Whatever you do, do with all your might.


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