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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Father And His Two Daughters

A Man had two daughters, the one married to a gardener, and
the other to a tile-maker. After a time he went to the daughter
who had married the gardener, and inquired how she was and
how all things went with her. She said, "All things are prospering
with me, and I have only one wish, that there may be a heavy
fall of rain, in order that the plants may be well watered."

Not long after, he went to the daughter who had married the
tilemaker, and likewise inquired of her how she fared; she
replied, "I want for nothing, and have only one wish, that the
dry weather may continue, and the sun shine hot and bright,
so that the bricks might be dried."

He said to her, "If your sister wishes for rain, and you for dry
weather, with which of the two am I to join my wishes?'

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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