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The Hen with the Golden Eggs

"The Hen with the Golden Eggs" by Jean de La Fontaine is a moral tale about a farmer who owns a hen that lays golden eggs. Instead of patiently waiting for the hen to lay her eggs each day, the farmer, driven by greed, decides to kill the hen and get all the gold at once. However, when he opens the hen, he finds that it's just like any other hen on the inside. The story is a strong reminder of the aphorism, "Greed often overreaches itself." It drives home the point that greed leads to nothing but downfall.

Genre: Fable

My little story will explain An olden maxim, which expresses How Avarice, in search of gain, May lose the hoard that it possesses. The fable tells us that a Hen Laid golden eggs, each egg a treasure; Its owner--stupidest of men-- Was miserly beyond all measure. He thought a mine of wealth to find Within the Hen, and so he slew it: He found a bird of common kind-- And lost a pretty fortune through it. For money-worms, who now and then Grow poor through trying to be wealthy, I tell my fable of the Hen; My tale is good, my moral healthy.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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