“The Eagle And The Spider”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Eagle And The Spider

 AN EAGLE had soared above the clouds to the loftiest peak of the Caucasus. There, on an ancient cedar it settled, and admired the landscape visible at its feet. It seemed as if the borders of the world could be seen from thence. Here flowed rivers, winding across the plains ; there stood woods and meadows, adorned with the full garb of spring ; and, beyond, frowned the angry Caspian Sea, black as a raven’s wing.

” Praise be to thee, О Jove, that, as ruler of the world, thou hast bestowed on me such powers of flight that I know of no heights to me inaccessible ! ” — thus the Eagle addressed Jupiter — “insomuch that I now look upon the beauties of the world from a point whither no other being has ever flown.”

” What a boaster you are ! ” replies a Spider to it from a twig. ” As I sit here, am I lower than you, comrade ? ”

The Eagle looks up. Truly enough, the Spider is busy spinning its wеЬ about a twig overhead, just as if it wanted to shut out the sunlight from the Eagle.

” How did you get up to this height ? ” asks the Eagle.

” Even among the strongest of wing there are some who would not dare to trust themselves here. But you, weak and wingless, is it possible you can have crawled here ? ”

” No ; I didn’t use that means of rising aloft.”

“Well, then, how did you get here?”

“Why, I just fastened myself on to you, and you brought me yourself from down below on your tail-feathers. But I know how to maintain my position here without your help, so I beg you will not assume such airs in my presence ; for know that I —— ”

At this moment a gust of wind comes suddenly flying by, and whirls away the Spider again into the lowest depths.

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