Thursday, 18 August 2022

(32) The vain Jackdaw

 A Jackdaw, as vain and conceited as Jackdaw could be, picked up the feathers which some Peacocks had shed, stuck them amongst his own, and despising his old companions introduced himself with the greatest assurance in to a flock of those beautiful birds.

They, instantly detecting the intruder, stripped him of his borrowed plumes, and falling upon him with their beaks sent him about his business. The unlucky Jackdaw, sorely punished and deeply sorrowing, betook himself to his former companions, and would have flocked with them again as if nothing had happened.

But they, recollecting what airs he had given himself, drummed him out of their society, while one of those whom he had so lately despised read him this lecture: "Had you been contented with what nature made you, you would have escaped the chastisement of your betters and also the contempt of your equals."

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

(31) The Frog and the Ox

 An Ox, grazing in a swampy meadow, chanced to set his foot among a parcel of young Frogs, and crushed nearly the whole brood to death. One that escaped ran off to his mother with the dreadful news; "And, O mother!," said he, "It was a beast-such a big, four-footed beast!- that did it."

"Big?" quoth the old Frog, "how big? was it as big"- and she puffed herself out to a great degree-"as big as this?"

"Oh!" said the little one, "a great deal bigger than that."

"Well, was it so big?" and she swelled herself out yet more.

"Indeed, mother, but it was; and if you were to burst yourself you would never reach half its size."

Provoked at such a disparagement of her powers, the old Frog made one more trial, and burst herself indeed.

Moral: So men are ruined by attempting a greatness to which they have no claim.

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(32) The vain Jackdaw

 A Jackdaw, as vain and conceited as Jackdaw could be, picked up the feathers which some Peacocks had shed, stuck them amongst his own, and ...