The Fisherman and the Little Fish

: Aesop's Fables

A FISHERMAN who lived on the produce of his nets, one day caught

a single small Fish as the result of his day's labor. The Fish,

panting convulsively, thus entreated for his life: "O Sir, what

good can I be to you, and how little am I worth? I am not yet

come to my full size. Pray spare my life, and put me back into

the sea. I shall soon become a large fish fit for the tables of

the rich, and then you can catch me again, and make a handsome

profit of me." The Fisherman replied, "I should indeed be a very

simple fellow if, for the chance of a greater uncertain profit, I

were to forego my present certain gain."