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The Farmer & the Stork

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The Farmer and the Stork is a fable attributed to Aesop. It is about a farmer who plants traps in his corn field to catch cranes. When he checks the traps, he finds among the cranes a stork, who pleads to be spared, because he isn’t a crane. The farmer replies he doesn’t care; he’ll suffer the same fate as anyone who helps ruin his crops. The moral of the story is that associating with bad companions will lead everyone to believe you are bad yourself (or, simply saying, choose your friends wisely).

The Farmer and the Stork, illustrated by Milo Winter in a 1919 Aesop anthology

 

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