Moral Tales

Fables often have a hidden meaning. The story may contain veiled advice to the powerful ruler, they may teach common sense, demonstrating how foolish behaviour is harmful or they may show how the cunning can triumph over the strong. The early works in this section were prescribed by adults as a source of moral instruction for the young. Included are examples of early fables by famous French 18th century poets Jean de la Fontaine and Jean-François Marmontel and Charles Perrault's translation of the stories in Latin written by Italian poet Faerno Gabriello.

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