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THE PEACOCK AND THE CROW
 A PEACOCK once stood before a mirror
with his plumes spread, and said to it,
"How grateful I am to you! But for
you, I should not know how beautiful I am."
A crow, who heard this, said, "Sir
Peacock, will the mirror tell me what I
"You are such an ugly thing, and yet
you wish that a fine gentleman like the
mirror should take the trouble of telling
you how you look!"
But the crow went before the mirror,
and found out what he was like. So he
said, "Be it a peacock or be it a crow, a
mirror both doth truly show. Yet how
many there are that misrepresent the
character of the good!"