The Owl Moves House
On the day the owl met the turtle-dove.
“Where are you going?” inquired the dove.
“I am moving east,” said the owl.
“Why is that?” asked the dove.
“All the people here dislike my hoot,” replied the owl. “That is why I want to move east.”
“If you can change your voice,” said the dove, “then it will be all right. But if you can’t, even if you move east, the people there will dislike you just the same.”
–The Garden of Anecdotes (Shuo Yuan)