Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
134. THE PARTRIDGE AND THE ROOSTERS
Perry 23 (Chambry
A man who kept roosters also bought himself a partridge and let it loose
to live among his other birds. When the roosters pecked at the partridge
and chased him away, the partridge became very dejected, thinking that
the roosters were attacking him because he was an outsider. After a little
while, however, the partridge saw the roosters fighting and attacking
one another. The partridge then put aside his grief and said, 'Well, I
am certainly not going to grieve over this any longer, now that I see
the way they fight with one another.
The story shows that a wise person readily tolerates the insolence
of strangers when he sees those same strangers mistreating one another.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.