The Fisherman and the Little Fish

by Aesop

Put me back into the sea. I shall soon become a large fish, fit for the tables of the rich.

A FISHERMAN who lived on the produce of his nets, one day caught a single small Fish as the result of his day's labor. The Fish, panting convulsively, thus entreated for his life: O Sir, what good can I be to you, and how little am I worth? I am not yet come to my full size. Pray spare my life, and put me back into the sea. I shall soon become a large fish, fit for the tables of the rich; and then you can catch me again, and make a handsome profit of me. The Fisherman replied: I should be a very simple fellow, if I were to forego my certain gain for an uncertain profit.

I should be a very simple fellow, if I were to forego my certain gain for an uncertain profit.

Source:

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