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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE MAN AND HIS TWO SWEETHEARTS
A MAN of middle age, whose hair was turning grey, had two Sweethearts, an old woman and a young one. The elder of the two didn't like having a lover who looked so much younger than herself ; so, whenever he came to see her, she used to pull the dark hairs out of his head to make him look old. The younger, on the other hand, didn't like him to look so much older than herself, and took every opportunity of pulling out the grey hairs, to make him look young. Between them, they left not a hair in his head, and he became perfectly bald.
THE EAGLE, THE JACKDAW, AND THE SHEPHERD
O NE day a Jackdaw saw an Eagle swoop down on a lamb and carry it off in its talons. ' My word," said the Jackdaw,'' I'll do that myself." So it flew high up into the air, and then came shooting down with a great whirring of wings on to the back of a big ram. It had no sooner alighted than its claws got caught fast in the wool, and nothing it could do was of any use : there it stuck, flapping away, and only making things worse instead of better. By and by up came the Shepherd. ' Oho," he said, " so that's what you'd be doing, is it ? And he took the Jackdaw, and clipped its wings and 134