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The Pullet and the Pearl

"The Pullet and the Pearl" is a charming fable from renowned French fabulist, Jean de La Fontaine. The story is about a hen who finds a pearl while she's pecking at some food. Ignorant of its value, she would rather have a grain of barley than this precious gem. Through this fable, La Fontaine elegantly depicts the idea that things are only as valuable as someone perceives them to be. It's an alluring tale that demonstrates the profound life lesson of understanding value based on needs and knowledge, allowing readers to reflect on their own values.


Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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A Fowl, while scratching in the straw, Finding a pearl without a flaw, Gave it a lapidary of the day. "It's very fine, I must repeat; And yet a single grain of wheat Is very much more in my way." A poor uneducated lad A manuscript as heirloom had. He took it to a bookseller one day: "I know," said he, "it's very rare; But still, a guinea as my share Is very much more in my way."
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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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