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伊索寓言:徒劳的寒鸦

2006-06-27 11:39

  The Vain Jackdaw

  Jupiter announced that he intended to appoint a king over the birds, and named a day on which they were to appear before his throne, when he would select the most beautiful of them all to be their ruler. Wishing to look their best on the occasion they repaired to the banks of a stream, where they busied themselves in washing and preening their feathers. The Jackdaw was there along with the rest, and realized that, with his ugly plumage, he would have no chance of being chosen as he was: so he waited till they were all gone, and then picked up the most gaudy of the feathers they had dropped, and fastened them about his own body, with the result that he looked gayer than any of them. When the appointed day came, the birds assembled before Jupiter's throne. After passing them in review, he was about to make the Jackdaw king, when all the rest set upon the king-select, stripped him of his borrowed plumes, and exposed him for the Jackdaw that he was.

  “It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.”

  徒劳的寒鸦

  宙斯想要为鸟类立一个王,指定一个日期,要求众鸟全都按时出席,以便选他们之中最美丽的为王。众鸟都跑到河里去梳洗打扮。寒鸦知道自己没一处漂亮,便来到河边,捡起众鸟脱落下的羽毛,小心翼翼地全插在自己身上,再用胶粘住。指定的日期到了,所有的鸟都一齐来到宙斯面前。宙斯一眼就看见花花绿绿的寒鸦,在众鸟之中显得格外漂亮,准备立他为王。众鸟十分气愤,纷纷从寒鸦身上拔下本属於自己的羽毛。於是,寒鸦身上美丽的羽毛一下全没了,又变成了一只丑陋的寒鸦了。

  这个故事带出的启示就是:借助别人的东西可以得到美的假像,但那本不属於自己的东西被剥离时,就会原形毕露。

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