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Fable Aesop
The Eagle And The Fox
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An Eagle and a Fox formed an intimate friendship and decided to
live near each other. The Eagle built her nest in the branches of
a tall tree, while the Fox crept into the underwood and there
produced her young. Not long after they had agreed upon this plan,
the Eagle, being in want of provision for her young ones, swooped
down while the Fox was out, seized upon one of the little cubs,
and feasted herself and her brood. The Fox on her return, discovered
what had happened, but was less grieved for the death of her young
than for her inability to avenge them. A just retribution, however,
quickly fell upon the Eagle. While hovering near an altar, on which
some villagers were sacrificing a goat, she suddenly seized a piece
of the flesh, and carried it, along with a burning cinder, to her nest.
A strong breeze soon fanned the spark into a flame, and the eaglets,
as yet unfledged and helpless, were roasted in their nest and dropped
down dead at the bottom of the tree. There, in the sight of the Eagle,
the Fox gobbled them up.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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