The Game-cocks and the Partridge

by Aesop

A MAN had two Game-cocks in his poultry yard. One day, by chance, he fell in with a tame Partridge for sale. He purchased it, and brought it home that it might be reared by his with his Game-cocks. On its being put into the poultry yard, they struck at it, and followed it about, so that the Partridge was grievously troubled in mind, and supposed that he was thus badly treated because he was a stranger.

Not long afterwards he saw the Cocks fighting together, and not separating before one had well beaten the other. He then said to himself: I shall no longer distress myself at being struck at by these Game-cocks, when I see that they cannot even refrain from quarreling with each other.

Strangers should avoid those who quarrel among themselves.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,
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