The Snakes and the Eels
in the East one day took a walk
with his son, a fair young prince, by the
side of a great pond in his park. The
prince put his foot in the pond, and a
snake coiled round his leg. The king
killed the snake, and said to his men,
"Kill all the snakes in the pond, and tell
me you have done so."
The men, in their haste, could not see
which were the snakes and which were
the eels. So they killed all, and took
them to the king, who said, "What a sad
thing!—the good have died, because they
were like the bad in form."