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1910?
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Only the cover of this forty-page pamphlet has an illustration, Is that a bird playing a harp under the stars? There are ten stories here, from two to ten pages in length. I tried the shortest: Das Schaf und der Floh (17). A flea approaches a contented sheep and suggests that he, the flea, could be a watchman for the sheep. Whenever a danger approaches, he can warn the sheep with a little prick. He can also keep insects away from the sheep. His wife is pregnant and it would be a good deed to accommodate her too. The sheep agrees. Soon he feels the first prick, but can find no danger. The pricking continues and even spreads throughout his body. After doing all that he can to assuage his pain and get rid of its cause, he finally dies. His body is a total ruin. The flea disengages, gathers his children and grandchildren, and holds a fine speech criticizing the sheep's attempts to get rid of them but acknowledging that it is a mark of culture to speak well of the dead. And with that he and his family leave. Not a bad fable!
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Buchverlag Deutschösterreichische Woche
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