The Eagle and the Kite

: Aesop's Fables

AN EAGLE, overwhelmed with sorrow, sat upon the branches of a

tree in company with a Kite. "Why," said the Kite, "do I see you

with such a rueful look?' "I seek," she replied, "a mate suitable

for me, and am not able to find one." "Take me," returned the

Kite, "I am much stronger than you are." "Why, are you able to

secure the means of living by your plunder?' "Well, I have often

caught and carried away an ostrich
in my talons." The Eagle,

persuaded by these words, accepted him as her mate. Shortly

after the nuptials, the Eagle said, "Fly off and bring me back

the ostrich you promised me." The Kite, soaring aloft into the

air, brought back the shabbiest possible mouse, stinking from the

length of time it had lain about the fields. "Is this," said the

Eagle, "the faithful fulfillment of your promise to me?' The Kite

replied, "That I might attain your royal hand, there is nothing

that I would not have promised, however much I knew that I must

fail in the performance."