“The Peasants And The River”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Peasants And The River

SOME Peasants, who had been driven out of all patience by the ruin which the brooks and rivulets had brought upon them by their overflowing, set out to seek redress from the River into which those streams fell. And, indeed, there was much reason for denouncing them. They had torn away the seed from the newly-sown fields, they had overthrown and washed away mills, and it was impossible to count the cattle they had drowned. But the River flows so gently, though indeed proudly : on its banks great cities stand, and no one ever hears such tricks laid to its charge. So, doubtless, it will put a check upon these streams.

Thus did the Peasants reason among themselves. But what happened ? When they had drawn near to the banks of the River, and looked out upon its surface, they saw that its stream was bearing along half of their missing property.

The Peasants, without beginning a fruitless complaint, only gazed on the waters for awhile. Then, after looking in each other’s faces, and shaking their heads, they returned home ; and as they went, they said,

” Why should we waste our time ? You’ll never get any redress for what the children have stolen, so long as their parents go halves with them in the spoil.”

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Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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