Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
328. THE CROW, THE EAGLE AND THE FEATHERS
Perry (Odo 3)
A fable against people who boast that they have something they do
There was a crow who saw that she was ugly and black, so she complained
to the eagle. The eagle told her to borrow some feathers from her fellow
birds. The crow did as the eagle suggested, taking feathers from the tail
of the peacock, from the wings of the dove, and so on and so forth, appropriating
the other birds' feathers. When the crow decided that she was sufficiently
well-dressed, she began to laugh at the other birds and yell at them.
The other birds then went and complained to the eagle about the boastful
crow. The eagle replied, 'Let every bird take back her feathers, and thus
humiliate the crow.' This is what they did, and so the crow was left ugly
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.