A hen in the hen house loses a feather, but doesn't worry because she thinks this makes her more attractive to the cock. This simple act, however, sparks gossiping from one hen, to an owl, to some doves, etc., the story each time becoming more outrageous. The moral most explicitly a warning about gossip, perhaps also more subtly about the right of privacy.
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