The Eagle and the Kite
AN EAGLE, overwhelmed with sorrow, sat upon the branches of a tree, in company with a Kite.
Why, said the Kite:
do I see you with such a rueful look?
I seek, she replied:
for a mate suitable for me, and am not able to find one.
Take me, returned the Kite:
I am much stronger than you are.
Why, are you able to secure the means of living by your plunder?
Well, I have often caught and carried away an ostrich in my talons. The Eagle, persuaded by these words, accepted him as her mate.
Shortly after the nuptials, the Eagle said:
Fly off and bring me back the ostrich you promised me. The Kite, soaring aloft into the air, brought back the shabbiest possible mouse.
Is this, said the Eagle:
the faithful fulfillment of your promise to me? The Kite replied:
That I might attain your royal hand, there is nothing that I would not have promised, however much I knew that I must fail in the performance.
Promises of a suitor must be taken with caution.
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al.