The Mushroom And The Goose

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

A Goose that was once cackling with great pride thought that a Mushroom

was gazing at it, and said, "You contemptible thing, why do you stare at

me like that? You can never hope to meet me on terms of equality, can


"Certainly, madam," said the Mushroom "and that very soon."

This enraged the Goose more, so she said, "I would cut you up in pieces

with my bill but for the people who are close by, and who are so silly

as to care for you," and went strutting away. Soon after the Goose and

Mushroom were served up in separate dishes, very near each other.

"Ah," said the Mushroom, "you see we have met after all, and so

closely." Those who have a common fate in the end had better be