The Tortoise and the Two Ducks

by Aesop

I am surely a queen.

A TORTOISE, becoming tired of her humble home, resolved to visit foreign lands, but she did not know which way to go. She repaired to two ducks to show her the road, and they told her that the best way was to travel through the air. On her imploring their help, they made her grasp a stick with her mouth, and so they bore her aloft. As they flew along, the gaping people beneath shouted at the sight of the spectacle. The vain tortoise mistook their shouts for applause. I am surely a queen, said she. But alas! as she opened her mouth to speak, she lost her hold of the stick, and, falling to the ground, was dashed into pieces.

Those who are not able to roam should stay at home.


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