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A RAVEN AND A SWAN
A RAVEN, which you know is
black as coal, was envious of the
Swan, because her feathers were
as white as the purest snow. The
foolish bird got the idea that if he
lived like the Swan, swimming
and diving all day long and eating
the weeds and plants that grow
in the water, his feathers would
turn white like the Swan's.
So he left his home in the woods
and fields and flew down to live
on the lakes and in the marshes.
But though he washed and washed
all day long, almost drowning
himself at it, his feathers remained
as black as ever. And as the water
weeds he ate did not agree with
him, he got thinner and thinner,
and at last he died.
A change of habits will not alter nature.