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Fable Aesop
The Two Men Who Were Enemies
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Two Men, deadly enemies to each other, were sailing in the same
vessel. Determined to keep as far apart as possible, the one
seated himself in the stem, and the other in the prow of the ship.
A violent storm arose, and with the vessel in great danger of
sinking, the one in the stern inquired of the pilot which of the two
ends of the ship would go down first. On his replying that he
supposed it would be the prow, the Man said, "Death would not
be grievous to me, if I could only see my Enemy die before me."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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