Two Eastern Fables / Dalawang Pabulang Silanganin - Page 5 of 15

by Dr. José Rizal

(Tagalog translation by Federico B. Sebastian) Bilingual (English-Tagalog) version

The tortoise meditated revenge.  She went to the river, picked up some pointed snails[1] planted them around the banana tree, and hid herself under a cocoa-nut shell.  When the monkey came down, he hurt himself and began to bleed.

Nag-isip gumanti ang pagong.  Nagtungo siya sa ilog at nanguha ng matutulis na susó.  Itinusok niya ng mga susó sa paligid ng katawan ng punong saging at saka matuling nagtago sa ilalim ng bao ng niyog.  Nasaktang lubha ang matsing at nasugatan ang katawan nang bumaba.

After a long search, he found the tortoise.

Nakita niya ang pagong pagkaraan ng matagal na paghahanap.

[1] A kind of spiral periwinkle, called susó in Tagal.

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