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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 50

Deceit against one's own

A duck fattened as a lure, with feathers of blue, used to come and go to her masters. Seeing numbers of her own kind flying through the air, she quacks, and slips into a flock of them, until she leads the ususpecting birds beneath the nets spread out for them. The captive birds cry out, but the accomplice herself is silent. The treacherous bird has defiled herself with the blood of her kin. Obliging to others, deadly to her own.