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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Bald Man And The Fly

A Fly bit the bare head of a Bald Man who, endeavoring to
destroy it, gave himself a heavy slap. Escaping, the Fly said
mockingly, "You who have wished to revenge, even with death,
the Prick of a tiny insect, see what you have done to yourself
to add insult to injury."

The Bald Man replied, "I can easily make peace with myself,
because I know there was no intention to hurt. But you, an
ill-favored and contemptible insect who delights in sucking
human blood, I wish that I could have killed you even if I had
incurred a heavier penalty."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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