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Indian Fables by  Ramaswami Raju
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THE FOUR OWLS

FOUR owls went out, each to a part of the world, to see how people liked things, ill and false, and came back to tell of what they had seen.


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THE FOUR OWLS

The owl that went north said, "I saw, by a stream, the fish make mouths at the birds. They further said, "Look at our fins and their wings, how queer they are!"

The owl that went south said, "I saw on a hill a fly of fair hues go by the door of a hive; the bees said, 'Look, he has come to beg of us for some food.' The fly said to a friend of his, 'These rogues, I mean the bees, stole the sweets from the blooms when the air was dry, so now I have naught to eat when it is cold.' "

The owl that went east said, "I saw in a wood a pard go out from his den. The [12] wolf went with him a few yards, came back, and said to a friend of his, 'The pard is a knave, yet I cling to him, for he is strong.' "

The owl that went west said, "I saw a bear pass by a lion's den. A fox close by said the bear went to make love to the lion's mate, but was sent back with a box on his ear."

The four owls together said, "Where the sun shines, there scandal is."


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