2012. This discrepancy of value did not affect the cheaper bird’s attitudes toward the expensive ones simply because they didn’t understand the distinction. A sparrow was not in any way impressed that a certain sort of rare finch would sell for two grams of ultramarine blue pigment. To a sparrow a Goulian Finch was just another sparrow with very outlandish taste in clothing.
The reason the birds were all talking economics that morning as Otis
listened to them was because now that they were being put up for sale
the economic situation of the time had a direct bearing of their fate.
The question was, would they be sold as pets, taken home and made much
of, or would they be pushed into an oven along with some bread and made
into a bird sandwich.
This was a legitimate concern of both the sparrows and the pigeons even
though they were relatively cheap. Poor people often will eat birds
whenever they can get a hold of them, but they are just as likely to put
them in cages, grow fond of them, and finally go into debt and
practically bankrupt themselves bringing the poor birds over and over
again to a veterinarian because the poor thing is plucking out its
There was one bird not in a cage and not participating in the
discussion and that was the rooster, Otis’ rooster. The rooster once
made famous by the sketch in which they confront each other in a ring
and the rooster drives Otis into a corner where he has to beg in mock
terror for his life. How prophetic that skit was they had no idea at the