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Fable Aesop
The Man And His Wife
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A Man had a Wife who made herself hated by all the members
of his household. Wishing to find out if she had the same effect
on the persons in her father's house, he made some excuse
to send her home on a visit to her father. After a short time
she returned, and when he inquired how she had got on and
how the servants had treated her, she replied, "The herdsmen
and shepherds cast on me looks of aversion."

He said, "O Wife, if you were disliked by those who go out early
in the morning with their flocks and return late in the evening,
what must have been felt towards you by those with whom you
passed the whole day!"

Straws show how the wind blows.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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