THE JACKDAW AND THE DOVES
A JACKDAW once looked into a dove-cote, and saw the
Doves well fed and cared for; so he went away and
daubed himself white, and then came back to make
himself one of them. As long as he kept quiet they let
him stay, thinking he was a Dove. But as soon as he
opened his mouth to sing, they found out who was, and
drove him out of the
He, poor fellow, now went back to the Jack-daws. But
they did not know him on account of his white coat, and
would not let him join them.
And so, for wanting to get into two companies, he
This fable teaches that it is best for us to be content
with our own kind. The greedy not only miss what they
seek, but often lose what they have.