A crow became very jealous of a raven because the raven was regarded by men as a bird of omen, one that foretold the future, and was accordingly held in great respect by them. She was very anxious to get the same sort of reputation herself; and, one day, seeing some travellers approaching, she flew on to a branch of a tree at the roadside and cawed as loud as she could. The travellers were in some dismay at the sound, for they feared it might be a bad omen, until one of them, spying the crow, said to his companions, “It’s all right, my friends, we can go on without fear, for it’s only a crow and that means nothing.”

Those who pretend to be something they are not only make themselves ridiculous.

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