The Eagle, The Cat, and the Sow

080. THE EAGLE, THE CAT, AND THE SOW. As eagle had built her nest upon the top branches of an old oak; a wild cat inhabited a hole in the middle; and in the hollow part at the bottom was a sow with a whole litter of pigs. A happy neighbourhood, and might have long continued so, had it not been for the wicked insinuations of the designing cat.
For, first of all, up she crept to the eagle and, “Good neighbour,” says she, “we shall be all undone: that filthy sow yonder does nothing but lie rooting at the foot of the tree, and, as I suspect, intends to grub it up, that she may the more easily come at our young ones. For my part, I will take care of my own concerns, you may do as you please, but I will watch her motions, though I stay at home this month for it.”
When she had said this, which could not fail of putting the eagle into a great fright, down she went, and made a visit to the sow at the bottom; and putting on a sorrowful face, "I hope,” says she, “you do not intend to go abroad today?”
“Why not?” says the sow.
“Nay,” replies the other, “you may do as you please; but I overheard the eagle tell her young ones, that she would treat them with a pig the first time she saw you go out; and I am not sure but she may take up a kitten in the meantime; so, good-morrow to you; you will excuse me, I must go and take care of the little folks at home.”
Away she went accordingly and by contriving to steal out softly a-nights for her prey, and to stand watching and peeping all day at her hole, as under great concern, she made such an impression upon the eagle and the sow, that neither of them dared to venture abroad for fear of the other.
The consequence of which was, that themselves and their young ones, in a little time, were all starved and made prizes of by the treacherous cat and her kittens. [more info]

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