Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
81. The Crab and Its Mother (Perry
A CRAB said to her son, 'Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is
far more becoming to go straight forward.' The young Crab replied: 'Quite
true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise
to walk in it.' The Mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance
to the reproof of her child.
Example is more powerful than precept.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google