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Fable Aesop
The Man And His Two Sweethearts
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A Middle-Aged Man, whose hair had begun to turn gray, courted
two women at the same time. One of them was young, and the
other well advanced in years. The elder woman, ashamed to be
courted by a man younger than herself, made a point, whenever
her admirer visited her, to pull out some portion of his black hair.
The younger, on the contrary, not wishing to become the wife of
an old man, was equally zealous in removing every gray hair
she could find. Thus it came to pass that between them both
he very soon found that he had not a hair left on his head.

Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.


(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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