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THE RAVEN, THE SERPENT, AND THE BRACELET
A RAVEN had her nest on a tree; at the
foot of the tree a serpent had its hole.
The serpent went up the tree, and ate up
the young birds in the raven's nest.
The raven said, "I am indeed very
sorry that you have had to eat up my dear
little ones for want of food. Should you
be so good as to keep to your hole and
leave my nest unmolested, I would give
you every day a portion of the meal I get
The serpent, extremely irritated at this,
replied, "You black, dirty thing that feeds
on carrion, I would rather eat up your
 young ones and yourself than touch anything that you may fetch me."
The raven flew off to the palace, and
taking up one of the bracelets of the
queen, dropped it into the hole of the serpent. The servants of the royal household followed the bird, and clug into the
hole to recover the bracelet. The serpent rushed out hissing at them, and was
killed in a moment.
The wicked often fail to appreciate kindness in others, and compel them to work