The Crab and Its Mother (fable)

A CRAB said to her son,

“Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward.”

The young Crab replied:

“Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it.”

The Mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.

Example is more powerful than precept.

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