57. The Captive Fawn



A prince went hunting and caught a fawn which he took home as a pet.
The fawn, however, was unhappy: he longed to return to the herd.
One day the fawn shouted, "Woe is me! What is this nightmare? Where's my herd?"
This terrified the prince. "A speaking fawn is an evil portent," he thought, so he summoned his magicians and wise men.
"Save me from this demon!" he pleaded.
"Just listen to the words," said one of the wise men, "and let the fawn go."
So the prince freed the fawn, and he was not troubled by portents again.

Inspired byThe Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 2, Story 10.

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