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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Eagle, the Cat, and the Wild Sow

An Eagle made her nest at the top of a lofty oak; a Cat, having
found a convenient hole, moved into the middle of the trunk;
and a Wild Sow, with her young, took shelter in a hollow at its
foot. The Cat cunningly resolved to destroy this chance-made
colony. To carry out her design, she climbed to the nest of the
Eagle, and said, "Destruction is preparing for you, and for me
too, unfortunately. The Wild Sow, whom you see daily digging
up the earth, wishes to uproot the oak, so she may on its fall
seize our families as food for her young."

Having thus frightened the Eagle out of her senses, she crept
down to the cave of the Sow, and said, "Your children are in
great danger; for as soon as you go out with your litter to find
food, the Eagle is prepared to pounce upon one of your little pigs."

Having instilled these fears into the Sow, she went and pretended
to hide herself in the hollow of the tree. When night came she
went forth with silent foot and obtained food for herself and her
kittens, but feigning to be afraid, she kept a lookout all through
the day. Meanwhile, the Eagle, full of fear of the Sow, sat still on
the branches, and the Sow, terrified by the Eagle, did not dare
to go out from her cave. And thus they both, along with their
families, perished from hunger, and afforded ample provision for
the Cat and her kittens.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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