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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Huntsman And The Fisherman

A Huntsman, returning with his dogs from the field, fell in by chance
with a Fisherman who was bringing home a basket well laden with fish.
The Huntsman wished to have the fish, and their owner experienced
an equal longing for the contents of the game-bag. They quickly agreed
to exchange the produce of their day's sport. Each was so well pleased
with his bargain that they made for some time the same exchange day
after day. Finally a neighbor said to them, "If you go on in this way, you
will soon destroy by frequent use the pleasure of your exchange, and
each will again wish to retain the fruits of his own sport."

Abstain and enjoy.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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