The Falconer and the Partridge

090. THE FALCONER AND THE PARTRIDGE. A falconer having taken a partridge in his nets, the bird begged hard for a reprieve, and promised the man, if he would let him go, to decoy other partridges into his net.
“No,” replies the falconer, “I was before determined not to spare you, but now you have condemned yourself by your own words; for he who is such a scoundrel as to offer to betray his friends to save himself, deserves, if possible, worse than death.” [more info]

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