Young Fables Preface
I won't tell you about the story, because each story is told by the reader. Without the reader, the book would be a piece of the universe that is useless; inedible. So before you go and eat this book up, page by page,letter by letter, and carry on reading, ultimately skipping the respectful warning... I suggest you listen to what I have to say.
This is not a story. It is a fable. There are at least five differences. The definition for a story is as follows:
1.a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
2.a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
3.such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
4.the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.: The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
5.a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
This is a fable.
1.a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables.
2.a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable.
3.a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes.
4.legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable.
5.an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable.
This is what most dictionaries would read proudly, marked under the categories 'S' and 'F'. But I am not here to tutor you until you absorb each particle of what the world is, nor am I here to give you an English le--
Murdoc: Just get on with it! I don't 'ave all day!
This is the fable. A young fable.
Murdoc: Yess... Keep going...
A young fable of...
Murdoc: There we go!
That'll be £10 please.
Murdoc *mumbles*: At least it's less than what I paid Cassey Brown...