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THE PEACOCK, THE GOOSE, AND THE TURKEY
A PEACOCK was near a barn, along with a
goose and a turkey. They regarded the
peacock with envious eyes, and made fun
of his ridiculous pride. The peacock, conscious
of his superior merit, despised their
base envy, and shook out the beautiful
plumage which dazzled them.
"Look at that conceited bird," said the
turkey; "with what pride the creature
struts along! Was there ever so conceited
a bird? If intrinsic worth were
regarded, turkeys have a skin whiter and
fairer than this ugly peacock. And see
what hideous legs and ugly claws the
creature has! And what horrible cries
he utters, fit to frighten the very owls."
"It is true," rejoined the peacock,
 "these are my defects; you may despise
my legs and my voice, but critics like you
rail in vain. Know that if my legs supported
a goose or a turkey, no one would
have noticed such defects in you."
Beauty and merit cause defects to be
noticed; but envious people have eyes only
to perceive faults.