Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Raven and the Swan

A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to be a Swan himself. Supposing that the Swan's splendid identity arose from its white plumage, the Raven took up residence in the lakes and pools and secretly murdered many swans, sewing their feathers, beaks and flesh onto his own. But covering himself as thoroughly as he could, he could not change the fact that he was just a very, very, sick Raven.

Then he died.

Change of habit cannot alter Nature.

The Raven and the Swan (original fable)

A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan's splendid white color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the Raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his living, and took up residence in the lakes and pools. But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not change their color, while through want of food he perished.

Change of habit cannot alter Nature.

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