A cricket chirped day and night, as long as it was summer, while her neighbor, the ant was looking of food for the winter. "I sing to cheer you up during work" said the cricket. "Come, listen to my song." The ant shook her head and said, "An ant is not lazy!"
When after a while the freezing wind came, the cricket stopped singing, but there was no larva or no more other thing to eat and sadly he shook his head and asked the ant "Do you have something to eat for me?"
"You know I do not lend to anyone," said neighbour ant very mean. And she continued with her sermon: "What did you do when the sun was still shining and I brought in my supplies?" "I sang for you," said the cricket softly.
"Yes, then you sang and now you're poor, so dance now, so you'll get warm!"
Eventually the cricket was so hungry that he again knocked on the door of the ant. "Dear ant, can not you give me a little seed, or a piece of those juicy leaves? I starved of hunger. "" Forget it, "said the ant harshly," then in the summer you would have put in a supply. Why would I share my food with a lazy cricket like you? "And she closed her door to the poor cricket's nose.
Sadly and despondently, he sat in front of his house and did the only thing he could do: he played a song on his violin that expressed exactly how he felt. Now it was not a happy song, but a very melancholy, sad melody. But a very beautiful one, so beautiful that the insects in the neighbourhood were completely committed to him. The ant also came to watch and she thought to herself what a talent that cricket had and then the thought arose that they both could work together, one could entertain and the other looked for food and that way the work became pleasant.
So you see that every person has his talent to come through life.
A Purpose for the story: Although de La Fontaine wanted to bring in the spotlight the working style of artists with this story in an ironic way, in later times the story was mostly used as an illustration of the idea 'who does not work, has not food.'