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THE EAGLE AND THE KITE
 AN EAGLE sat high in the
branches of a great Oak. She
seemed very sad and drooping for
an Eagle. A Kite saw her.
"Why do you look so woe-begone?" asked the Kite.
"I want to get married."
replied the Eagle, "and I cant
find a mate who can provide
for me as I should like."
"Take me," said the Kite; "I
am very strong, stronger even
"Do you really think you can
provide for me?" asked the Eagle
"Why, of course," replied the
Kite. "That would be a very
simple matter. I am so strong
I can carry away an Ostrich in
my talons as if it were a feather!"
The Eagle accepted the
Kite immediately. But after the
wedding, when the Kite flew away
to find something to eat for his
bride, all he had when he returned,
was a tiny Mouse.
"Is that the Ostrich you talked
about?" said the Eagle in disgust.
"To win you I would have said
and promised anything," replied
Everything is fair in love.