The Dog and the Shadow

A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in

his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it for that

of another Dog, with a piece of meat double his own in size. He

immediately let go of his own, and fiercely attacked the other

Dog to get his larger piece from him. He thus lost both: that

which he grasped at in the water, because it was a shadow; and

his own, because the stream swept it away.

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