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THE SNAKE AND THE PARROT
A SNAKE said to a parrot, "Ah! I really
envy you your life; how people fondle
you! Why, everybody calls you a pet!"
"Yes," said the parrot, "if you will be as
good and kind to people as I am, and try
to amuse them as I do, they will treat you
also as a pet."
"I will try," said the snake; and, creeping
to a farmer's door, hissed aloud, as
much as to say, "I do not wish to be
wicked like other snakes. I wish to be
kind and good to you, and amuse you like
But the farmer killed the reptile at a
stroke, saying, " 'Tis quite out of the way,
this, for a snake to say!"
Goodness in the wicked is seldom credited.