The Fox and the Grapes

Here we are with another Aesop’s Fable to help you read in English.

One day, a Fox saw a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from the branch of a tree. They looked so juicy and delicious. The Fox stared at them and his mouth watered with the thought of snatching the lovely fruit.

The bunch of grapes were hanging from a high branch and the Fox needed to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way, so he walked a bit further away and ran towards the tree, jumping again to try to get the grapes, but he missed and could not reach them. He did it again and again but in vain. He could not reach the delicious bunch.

Then he sat down and looked at the grapes angrily.

“I am such an idiot,” said the Fox. “Why am I here busting my gut to try to get that bunch of sour grapes that aren’t even worth it anyway.”

He walked away, sulking, in a slow and rueful way.

There are many who pretend to hate and belittle something that is beyond their reach

Fox and the Grapes Definitions Quiz

Now you’ve read the fable, try the to identify the words in bold below!


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