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Fable Aesop
The Thief And His Mother
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A Boy stole a lesson-book from one of his schoolfellows and took
it home to his Mother. She not only abstained from beating him,
but encouraged him. He next time stole a cloak and brought it to
her, and she again commended him. The Youth, advanced to
adulthood, proceeded to steal things of still greater value. At last
he was caught in the very act, and having his hands bound behind
him, was led away to the place of public execution. His Mother
followed in the crowd and violently beat her breast in sorrow,
whereupon the young man said, "I wish to say something to
my Mother in her ear." She came close to him, and he quickly
seized her ear with his teeth and bit it off. The Mother upbraided
him as an unnatural child, whereon he replied, "Ah! if you had
beaten me when I first stole and brought to you that lesson-book,
I should not have come to this, nor have been thus led to a
disgraceful death."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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