英文版多年前曾介紹過「haste makes waste」（欲速則不達），道理非常簡單，就是「忙中有錯」，愈著急、心愈慌，手跟著發抖，弄得一團糟，想快些完成，結果弄了更久；第二則小故事裡的獅子，因為在森林裡養尊處優、獨霸一方慣了，居然慌慌張張地成了少見多怪的「井底蛙」。
One day a man who had been to gather coconuts heavily loaded on his horse. On the way home he met a boy whom he asked how long it would take to reach the market.
“If you go slowly,” said the boy, looking at the heavy load on the horse, “you will arrive very soon; but if you go fast, it will take you all day.”
The man could not believe this strange speech, so he hurried his horse. But the coconuts fell off and he had to stop to pick them up. Then he hurried his horse all the more to make up for lost time, but the coconuts fell off again. Many time he did this, and it was the night when he reached the market.
King of The Forest
The Lion was the King of the forest. He had a powerful voice and he roared to please himself and scare others.
All the animals were scared of him. He also knew every corner of the forest and every animal and every sound in it.
There was a pond in the middle of the forest. The Lion would drink water and sleep there for some time, every day.
One day, the Lion finished drinking water and lay down by the pond. As his eyes were closing, he heard a new sound. It was a hollow, croaky sound.
He opened his eyes, but he didn’t see anyone! Then, he heard it a second, and a third time.
By then, the Lion was scared and thought in fear, “What if it were a ghost?”
After some time, a Frog crawled out of the pond and croaked.
The Lion saw that he had been scared out of his wits by so small a creature, so the King of the forest ran out of the forest so fast that even the bullets couldn’t catch him.
Things seldom seen are strange, even spooky.