The Mountains in Labour

: Aesop's Fables

One day the Countrymen noticed that the Mountains were in

labour; smoke came out of their summits, the earth was quaking at

their feet, trees were crashing, and huge rocks were tumbling.

They felt sure that something horrible was going to happen. They

all gathered together in one place to see what terrible thing this

could be. They waited and they waited, but nothing came. At last

there was a still more violent earthquake, and a huge gap appeared

in the side of the Mountains. They all fell down upon their knees

and waited. At last, and at last, a teeny, tiny mouse poked its

little head and bristles out of the gap and came running down

towards them, and ever after they used to say:

"Much outcry, little outcome."