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The Crow and the Pitcher

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair. Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst and save his life.

Moral: Little by little does the trick.

Translated by G.F. Townsend

One of the great things about Aesops simply told tales is how easily they unpack their message. But sometimes there are multiple lessons to be learned. The Crow and The Pitcher is a case in point. The stated moral here, "little by little does the trick," celebrates the Crows calm and patience, but it certainly seems to short change the animal\