A crow flying across a road saw a partridge strutting along the ground.
“What a beautiful gait that partridge has!” said the crow. “I must try to see if I can walk like him.”
She alighted behind the partridge and tried for a long time to learn to strut. At last the partridge turned around and asked the crow what she was about.
“Don’t be angry with me,” replied the crow. “I have never before seen a bird who walks as beautifully as you can, and I’m trying to learn to walk like you.”
“Foolish bird!” responded the partridge. “You are a crow, and should walk like a crow. You would look silly indeed if you were to strut like a partridge.”
But the crow went on trying to learn to strut, till finally she had forgotten her own gait, and she never learned that of the partridge.