The Crab and Its Mother

by Aesop

A CRAB said to her son: "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward. " The young Crab replied: Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it. The Mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.

Example is more powerful than precept.


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