Aesop's Fable 3 July 2017

The Shepherd’s Boy and the Wolf

A shepherd’s boy was tending his flock near a village, and thought it would be great fun to hoax the villagers by pretending that a wold was attacking the sheep; so he shouted out, “Wolf! Wolf!” And when the people came running up, he laughed at them for their pains. He did this more than once, and every time the villagers found they had been hoaxed, for there was no wolf at all. At last a wolf really did come, and the boy cried, “Wolf! Wolf!” as loud as he could. But the people were so used to hearing him call that they took no notice of his cries for help. And so the wolf had it all his own way, and killed off sheep after sheep at his leisure.

You cannot believe a liar even when he tells the truth.


We have this tale in our Romanian folklore, with the difference that at the end, the boy is eaten by the wolf too. That is meant to serve as a reminder for children that being a compulsive liar can end badly for oneself.
I’m afraid lately this story is being told less and less by mothers to their children. As most Romanian people I know lie as easily as they breathe :cry:

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I’ve heard the tale of the boy being eaten by the wolf in the end too.

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