THE ANT AND THE DOVE

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.
An Ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning.
A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her.
The Ant climbed onto it and floated in safety to the bank. Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches.
The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot.
In pain the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing.

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Word Lists:

Quench : satisfy (one's thirst) by drinking.

Pluck : take hold of (something) and quickly remove it from its place

Drown : die through submersion in and inhalation of water

Stream : a small, narrow river

Float : rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking

Bank : the land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake

Branch : a part of a tree which grows out from the trunk or from a bough

Design : a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made

Leaf : a flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk. Leaves are the main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration

Design : a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made

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Rating: B

Words: 1040

Unique Words : 67

Sentences : 6

Reading Time : 0:29

Noun : 35

Conjunction : 7

Adverb : 4

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 1

Pronoun : 7

Verb : 18

Preposition : 17

Letter Count : 448

Sentiment : Neutral

Tone : Formal

Difficult Words : 25

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