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Fable Aesop
The Jackdaw And The Doves
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A Jackdaw, seeing some Doves in a cote abundantly provided
with food, painted himself white and joined them in order to
share their plentiful maintenance. The Doves, as long as he
was silent, supposed him to be one of themselves and
admitted him to their cote. But when one day he forgot himself
and began to chatter, they discovered his true character and
drove him forth, pecking him with their beaks. Failing to obtain
food among the Doves, he returned to the Jackdaws. They too,
not recognizing him on account of his color, expelled him from
living with them. So desiring two ends, he obtained neither.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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