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Laborer and the Snake

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Laborer and the Snake

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A SNAKE, having made his hole close to the porch of a cottage, inflicted a mortal bite on the Cottager’s infant son.

Grieving over his loss, the Father decided to kill the Snake. The next day, when the Snake came out of its hole for food, the Laborer took up his axe, but by swinging too hastily, missed its head and cut off only the end of its tail.

After some time the Laborer, afraid that the Snake would bite him also, endeavored to make peace, and placed some bread and salt in the hole.

The Snake hissed: “There can never be peace between us; for whenever I see you I shall remember the loss of my tail, and whenever you see me you will be thinking of the death of your son.”

Moral: No one really forgets their injuries in the presence of the person who caused the injury.

There are currently 10 suggested morals for “Laborer and the Snake”

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  1. 1 On August 5th, 2011, Meteorite said:

    Don’t be too hasty with your axe or else you’ll have a resentful snake for a neighbor.

  2. 2 On August 5th, 2011, R. said:

    Do not go back to the house where they cut off your tail.

  3. 3 On August 6th, 2011, zombone said:

    A dead man can’t contemplate vengeance.

  4. 4 On August 7th, 2011, doodlebop said:

    don’t try to make friends with a snake

  5. 5 On August 7th, 2011, moodle shlop said:

    dont be hasty!

  6. 6 On August 8th, 2011, triplebonk said:

    axe not what you can do with a shotgun…

  7. 7 On October 6th, 2011, BB said:

    Some wrongs are unforgivable, and some relationships can’t be mended.

  8. 8 On March 22nd, 2012, Anonymous said:

    Always hire a professional.

  9. 9 On August 23rd, 2012, Cynic said:

    There will never be peace in the Middle East.

  10. 10 On June 5th, 2014, Syed Shamimuzzaman,Gazipur said:

    Be cautious of the evils before it hits

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