~ 107. The Eagle and the Crow ~
The eagle and the crow were arguing.
"I've seen you eating corpses, crow!" said the eagle. "I scorn you and your contemptible habits."
The crow replied, "You eagles boast of your nobility, but tell me which is truly the greater crime: to feed on creatures that are already dead, as we crows do, or to seek out living victims and feed on them, as do the eagles?"
The moral of the story is that an honorable reputation does not mean you aren't a criminal, and sometimes the most shameful crimes are those for which people feel no shame at all.
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 433 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog, but comes from Desbillons. Compare the debate of the lioness and the she-bear.