The Pushto Manual: Comprising a Concise Grammar, Exercises and Dialogues, Familiar Phrases, Proverbs, and Vocabulary

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W.H. Allen & Company, 1880 - Afghan language - 257 pages
 

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Page 131 - Why, you lazy old fellow!" cried several tongues at once, " how can you ride upon the beast, while that poor little lad there can hardly keep pace by the side of you." The good-natured Miller stood corrected, and immediately took up his Son behind him. They had now almost reached the town. "Pray, honest friend," said a townsman, "is that Ass your own ? " " Yes,
Page 90 - THE FOX AND THE LION A Fox who had never seen a Lion, when by chance he met him for the first time, was so terrified that he almost died of fright. When he met him the second time, he was still afraid, but managed to disguise his fear. When he saw him the third time, he was so much emboldened that he went up to him and asked him how he did. Familiarity breeds contempt. THE CREAKING WHEELS As some Oxen were dragging a waggon along a heavy road, the Wheels set up a tremendous creaking. "Brute!
Page 99 - THE CROW AND THE PITCHER. A CROW, ready to die with thirst, flew with joy to a Pitcher, which he beheld at some distance.
Page 93 - THE WOLF AND THE LAMB As a Wolf was lapping at the head of a running brook, he spied a stray Lamb paddling, at some distance, down the stream. Having made up his mind to seize her, he bethought himself how he might justify his violence. "Villain!" said he, running up to her, " how dare you muddle the water that I am drinking ? "
Page 132 - One would not have thought so," said the other, "by the way you load him. Why, you two fellows are better able to carry the poor beast than he you ! " " Anything to please you," said the old Man; "we can but try.
Page 94 - Be that as it may," replied the Wolf, " it is but a year ago that you called me many ill names." " Oh, Sir ! " said the Lamb, trembling,
Page 107 - Wise Men say nothing in dangerous times. The Lion, you know, called the Sheep, to ask her if his Breath smelt: she said, Aye; he bit off her Head for a Fool. He called the Wolf, and asked him: he said, no; he tore him in pieces for a Flatterer. At last he called the Fox, and asked him: truly he had got a Cold and could not smell.
Page 121 - THE ASS CARRYING SALT A certain Huckster who kept an Ass, hearing that Salt was to be had cheap at the sea-side, drove down his Ass thither to buy some. Having loaded the beast as much as he could bear, he was driving him home, when, as they were passing a slippery ledge of rock, the Ass fell into the stream below, and the Salt being melted, the Ass was relieved of his burden, and having gained the bank with ease, pursued his journey onward, light in body and in spirit. The Huckster soon afterwards...
Page 96 - A Dog and a Cock having struck up an acquaintance, went out on their travels together. Nightfall found them in a forest; so the Cock, flying up on a tree, perched among the branches, while the Dog dozed below at the foot. As the night passed away and the day dawned, the Cock, according to his custom, set up a shrill crowing. A Fox hearing him, and thinking to make a meal of him, came and stood under the tree, and thus addressed him : — "Thou art a good little bird, and most useful to thy fellow-creatures....
Page 110 - THE GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGGS A certain man had the good fortune to possess a Goose that laid him a Golden Egg every day. But dissatisfied with so slow an income, and thinking to seize the whole treasure at once, he killed the Goose ; and cutting her open, found her — just what any other goose would be ! Much wants more and loses all.

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