The Mushroom And The Goose
: FABLES FROM INDIA
: 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