68. The Goose and the Crow



A goose and a crow lived together in a tree.
One hot day, a hunter decided to rest beneath that tree.
As he slept, the sun moved, exposing his face, so the kindly goose shaded the man's face from the sun with her wings.
Meanwhile, the wicked crow pooped down on the man's face and then flew away, cackling with delight.
When the man awoke, he wiped away the poop and, looking up, he saw the goose.
"You cursed bird!" he shouted.
He then grabbed his gun and shot the goose dead.
The moral: Be careful what company you keep.

Inspired byHitopadesha, or, The Book of Good Counsel translated by B. Hale-Wortham
Notes: It is in Book 3, Story 5.

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