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The Flea and the Man by Aesop for ESL Students

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A flea bit a man, and bit him again, and again, till he could stand it no longer, but made a thorough search for it, and at last succeeded in catching it.

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Holding it between his finger and thumb, he said—or rather shouted, so angry was he—”Who are you, pray, you wretched little creature, that you make so free with my person?”

  • pray: emphasizing a question or command (interjection)
  • wretched: miserable
  • free: unrestricted, uncontrolled

آموزش زبان فارسی با داستان شیر و پشه برای کودکان و نوجوانان به همراه ویدیو

The flea, terrified, whimpered in a weak little voice, “Oh, sir! pray let me go; don’t kill me! I am such a little thing that I can’t do you much harm.”

  • terrified: frightened, horrified, scared
  • whimper: cry, whine, sob

But the man laughed and said, “I am going to kill you now, at once: whatever is bad has got to be destroyed, no matter how slight the harm it does.”

  • slight: small, minor, insignificant

Do not waste your pity on a scamp.


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