Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 48. The Two Crabs (Perry 322)
One fine day two Crabs came out from their home to take a stroll on the
sand. "Child," said the mother, "you are walking very ungracefully.
You should accustom yourself, to walking straight forward without twisting
from side to side."
"Pray, mother," said the young one, "do but set the example
yourself, and I will follow you."
Example is the best precept.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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