The Serpent and the Eagle
An Eagle swooped down upon a Serpent and seized it in his talons with
the intention of carrying it off and devouring it. But the Serpent was too
quick for him and had its coils round him in a moment; and then there
ensued a life-and-death struggle between the two. A countryman, who was a
witness of the encounter, came to the assistance of the eagle, and
succeeded in freeing him from the Serpent and enabling him to escape. In
revenge, the Serpent spat some of his poison into the man's drinking-horn.
Heated with his exertions, the man was about to slake his thirst with a
draught from the horn, when the Eagle knocked it out of his hand, and
spilled its contents upon the ground.
"One good turn deserves another."