A Dove saw an Ant
fall into a brook. The Ant struggled in vain to reach the bank, and in
pity, the Dove dropped a blade of straw close beside it. Clinging to the
straw like a shipwrecked sailor to a broken spar, the Ant floated safely
Soon after, the Ant
saw a man getting ready to kill the Dove with a stone. But just as he
cast the stone, the Ant stung him in the heel, so that the pain made him
miss his aim, and the startled Dove flew to safety in a distant wood.
kindness is never wasted.