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Fable Aesop
The Gamecocks and the Partridge
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A Man had two Gamecocks in his poultry-yard. One day by chance
he found a tame Partridge for sale. He purchased it and brought it
home to be reared with his Gamecocks. When the Partridge was
put into the poultry-yard, they struck at it and followed it about,
so that the Partridge became grievously troubled and supposed
that he was thus evilly treated because he was a stranger. Not
long afterwards he saw the Cocks fighting together and not
separating before one had well beaten the other. He then said to
himself, "I shall no longer distress myself at being struck at by
these Gamecocks, when I see that they cannot even refrain from
quarreling with each other."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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