Aesop's Fables
One Good Turn
Deserves Another

Aesop's Moral:
One Good Turn Deserves Another

Another way of saying it:
Do a favor, receive a favor.

An alternative moral might be:
Be kind automatically!

Aesop's Fable:

The Ant and The Dove

An Ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and was carried away by the rush of the stream.

As she struggled, nearly drowning, a Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to the Ant.

The Ant climbed onto the leaf and floated in safety to the bank.

Soon after, a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree and laid a trap for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant, noticing, stung the man in the foot.

The man howled in pain, scaring the Dove into flying away from the trap.

The Ant and the Dove summary: Aesop's The Lion and the Mouse, with its moral, No Act of Kindness Is Ever Wasted, has a similar message.

The Ant and the Dove, from The Young and Field Literary Readers, book two, Illustrator: Maginel Wright Enright

Children might find that fable more rewarding, because there is more personal contact between the two heroes. In this one the two animal characters never communicate verbally.

But note how, in this fable, considerate behavior is pretty much automatic. In the other, the Lion has to be persuaded to behave with kindness.

So maybe this is the better one after all!

One Good Turn Deserves Another.

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