There was an Eagle who with his sorrow, sat upon the branches
of a tree in company with a Kite.
"Why," said the Kite, "do I see you with such a
sad 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 into the air, brought
back the 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,
how much I knew that I must fail in the