Four Fables

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Stevenson, Robert Louis
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1955?
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This pamphlet features a tipped-in picture of Stevenson in front. It measures about 4½ x 6¼. Its four fables are The Two Matches, The Sinking Ship, The Carthorses and the Saddlehorse, and The Four Reformers. In the first, a traveller in California, wanting to light his pipe, discovers that he has only two matches. The first misfires. He considers the second, especially that it could start a major conflagration. After all his ruminating, he strikes the second match. When it misfires, his reaction is Thank God! The Sinking Ship is a bit Biercian. The Captain of a sinking ship trots out logic to several audiences on the ship, only to be converted at last. He then smokes his pipe in the powder magazine. The ship blows up. The saddlehorse, encountering large carthorses for the first time, thinks that they must be great chiefs. After experiencing their bickering, he comments I was right. They are great chiefs. The four reformers go about abolishing everything. This short piece closes with their dramatic recommendation to abolish mankind.
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