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A man had two gamecocks in his poultry yard. One day by chance he saw a tame partridge for sale. He purchased it and brought it home that it might be reared with his gamecocks. On its being put into the poultry yard they struck at it and followed it about, so that the partridge was grievously troubled in mind and supposed that he was thus evilly treated because he was a stranger. Not long afterwards, he saw the cocks fighting together, and not separating before one had well beaten the other. He then said to himself; “I shall no longer distress myself at being struck at by these gamecocks, when I see that they cannot even refrain from quarreling with each other.”

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

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