ONE fine day two Crabs came out from their home to take a stroll on the sand. “Child,” said the mother, “you are walking very ungracefully. You should accustom yourself, to walking straight forward without twisting from side to side.”
“Pray, mother,” said the young one, “do but set the example yourself, and I will follow you.”
Example is the best precept.
From Avian. Aristophanes, Pax 1083, says. "You will never get a crab to walk straight," which may refer to this fable.
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ATU 276: The Crab Walks Backward: Learned from His Parents