4147. The crow, having explained the tic-tac-toe game, fell silent but just then a pigeon who had been listening to him from an overhanging branch felt emboldened to put his two cents in and said, “If a game of tic-tac-toe was played against Alexander the Great, the great military tactician, how could it happen then, that he would lose the game rather than tie it?”
4148. That is just the way it is with those pigeons, always trying to needlessly complicate a simple narrative story. They mean well, and they only want to clarify certain ideas, but in the end they render a simple conversation meaningless.
4149. The Pigeon’s question baffled the Crow for a short time. But then, gathering his wits about him, he replied, “You see, a tic-tac-toe drawing is a work of art in the first place, and only secondly an historical document.
4150. As a drawing it should be understood only as a metaphor, and need not conform to the requirements of some strict historical dissertation. As a matter of fact there is a prerequisite for the “artistic defeat” of Alexander the Great in an oratorio by Handel.