The Fighting Cocks and The Turkey

Two fighting Cocks battled for the least insult one to the other. A Turkey remarked how silly that they maim themselves for life over something small.

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Fighting Cocks and Turkey

Ernest Griset (1874)

Two Cocks of the genuine game breed met by chance upon the confines of their respective walks. To such great and heroic souls the smallest matter imaginable affords occasion for dispute. They approached each other with pride and indignation; they looked defiance, they crowed a challenge, and immediately commenced a bloody battle. It was fought on both sides with so much courage and dexterity, they gave and they received such deep and desperate wounds, that they both lay down upon the turf utterly spent, blinded, and disabled. While this was their situation, a Turkey, that had been a spectator of all that passed between them, drew near to the field of battle and reproved them in this manner: “How foolish and absurd has been your quarrel, my good neighbours! A more ridiculous one could scarce have happened amongst the most contentious of all creatures, men. Because you have crowed, perhaps, in each other’s hearing, or because one of you has picked up a grain of corn upon the territories of his rival, you have both rendered yourselves miserable for the remainder of your days.”