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An Aesop Fable

The Sheep and the Pig

Shepherd with his flock of sheep.

One day a shepherd discovered a fat Pig wandering in the meadow where his Sheep were grazing. He quickly attempted to catch it. But the porker squealed the moment the Shepherd came towards it. And when the Shepherd laid hands on it, it squealed so loud you would have thought that the Pig was being butchered alive.


Despite its squeals and struggles to escape, the Shepherd tucked his prize under his arm and started off towards his barn.


The Sheep in the pasture were much astonished and amused by the Pig's behavior and followed the Shepherd and his charge to the pasture gate.


One of the Sheep asked the Pig. “What makes you squeal so loud? When the good Shepherd catches and carries off one of us, none of us makes a blood-curdling fuss about it as you do."


With a squeal and a frantic kick, the Pig replied "Your behavior is very well and good and noble too. But you see, when he catches you, he wants only wool. But when he catches me, he wants pork chops, bacon, scrapple, and ham!"


Moral: It’s foolish to judge without considering possible ulterior motives.


  1. To listen to the fable, double left click on the first word of the beginning paragraph then, from the drop-down menu, right click and choose "Read aloud from here."

  2. To get informed, be entertained, or increase culture awareness, double left click on any word, next mouse over the 3 vertical dots to bring up the pop-up menu then click "Search." That will have the sidebar appear, in which you can see definitions, images, and videos.  

  3. To hear definitions, double left click on a word, then mouse over the three dots that will appear above it, then click again on "define."

Pictures below pertain to both Desktops and Smartphones. 

How to define words: Photo 1
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  • In addition to using the aforementioned ways to access various pronunciation and vocabulary aids, there is an alternative way to do so. That is by tapping on a word which, when you do so, will appear on the bottom of your screen, then drag it upward to reveal a myriad of choices. See below:


​​To listen on a smartphone, press on the bottom of your display and drag downward to reveal three linear dots, then, from the chart menu, tap on "Read aloud." The voice controls will then appear atop your screen.

2 ways to get definitions
Picture Chart of Pig Cuts


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