A Tortoise and Scorpion had contracted a great intimacy, and bound themselves with such tiesof friendship, that the one could not live without the other.
One day these inseparable companions, finding themselves obliged to change their habitation,traveled together; but in their meeting with a large and deep river, the Scorpion making a stop,said to the Tortoise:
“My dear friend, you are well provided for what we see before us, but how shall I get over thiswater?”
“Never trouble yourself, my dear friend, for that,”replied the Tortoise,“I will carry you upon myback secure from all danger.”
On this, the Scorpion, without hesitation, got upon the back of the Tortoise, who immediatelytook water and began to swim. But he had hardly got half way across the river, when he hearda terrible rumbling upon his back; which made him ask the Scorpion what he was doing.
“Doing!”replied the Scorpion,“why, I am whetting my sting, to try whether I can bore thishorny cuirass of yours, that covers yours flesh like a shield, from all injuries.”
“Oh, ungrateful wretch,”cried the Tortoise,“wouldst thou, at a time when I am giving thee sucha demonstration of my friendship, wouldst thou at such a time, pierce with thy venomoussting, the defense that Nature has given me, and take away my life? It is well, however, I haveit in my power both to save myself and reward thee as thou deservest. ”
So saying, he sunk his back to some depth under water, threw off the Scorpion, and left him topay with his life for his monstrous ingratitude.
It was new year once again. All the families in the village were busy preparing rice cakes to celebrate the new year.
In the village pond there lived a toad. When the snow began to fall, the toad left his home and went to live in the hilly are near the village.
There he met a monkey. One day, the monkey asked the toad, "How shall we steal some of the rice cakes to eat?" They talked about this for some time.
在那里，蟾 蜍碰见了一只猴子。 有一天，猴子对蟾蜍说：¨大家为什么不去偷些米糕回来吃呢?”
In the end, they came up with an idea. They came down from the hills and went to the village.
The monkey and the toad reached the village headman's house. Then they carried out their plan to steal the rice cakes.
The monkey hid behind the door and waited for the chance to steal the rice cakes.
Meanwhile, the toad moved away from the house and then jumped into the village well.
At that time, a servant of the village headman was busy cooking the rice cakes for the new year.
She heard the sound of something falling into the well. She screamed loudly because she thought that her master's son had fallen into the well.
She immediately left the wooden basins that contained t. he rice cakes on the table and ran towards the well. The monkey, who had been hiding behind the door, quickly entered the house. He took a basin containing a rice cake and ran away towards the hills.
并赶 紧把装有米糕的木盆放在桌上，奔向躲在门后的猴子立即潜入屋里，着米糕的木盆便拼命 地往山上跑。
Not long after, the toad met the monkey there. The greedy 8rld se/fish monkey wanted to eat the rice cake all by himself. He did not want to share the rice cake with the toad. 不久，蟾蜍也跑了回来和猴子幺’合。 贪心、自私的猴子想独吞所有的米糕，不愿与蟾蜍分享。它跟 蟾蜍说让木盆滚下山去。
He told the toad that he would roll the basin downhill. "Whoever succeeds in getting the basin first can have the rice cake," said the monkey. "That's not fair," replied the toad, "I can't run as fast as you." "You must race with me. If you don't, the whole rice cake will be mine." said the monkey.
“谁先抢到米糕的便可占为己有。¨猴子说。 ¨那不公平，”蟾蜍说，¨我跑得没你快。¨ ¨所以你必须尽力而为啊!要不然，全部米糕都将归我所有 啦!¨猴子说。
The toad did not have any choice but to agree to the monkey's plan. "All right, I agree, " the toad answered reluctantly."One, two, three” rolling basin. They started racing. 蟾蜍别无选择，只好同意猴子的建议。¨好吧!就这样决定。¨ 蟾蜍无可奈何地说道。 “一、二、兰!¨滚木盆比赛开始了。
The basin began to roll downhill. The monkey ran as fast as he could and was soon in front of the toad. He chased after the rolling basin.
Suddenly, the rice cake fell out of the basin and stopped beside a big rock. "Thank God," whispered the toad. He stopped at the hillside and began to eat the rice cake.
The monkey carried on chasing after the basin. When he finally reached the basin, he found it empty. The monkey was surprised and he climbed the hill once more.
He soon found the toad eating the rice cake. He wanted to have a part of the rice cake too but he was too ashamed to ask for it. He regretted trying to cheat his friend and finally went away.
不一会儿，它就看见蟾蜍正吃着米 糕!饥肠辘辘的它也很想吃米糕，可是却不好意思开口。 它悔恨欺骗了朋友，最后只好离开了。
Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The familywas rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guestroom.
Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed onthe hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.
When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "things aren't always what theyseem."
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmerand his wife.
After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where theycould have a good night's rest.
When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.
Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angelwas infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen? The first manhad everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had little but was willingto share everything, and you let the cow die.
"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "when we stayed in thebasement of the mansion, i noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.
Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, isealed the wall so he wouldn't find it."
"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave himthe cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."