Friday Fable: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692) Aesop’s “A MAN AND TWO WIVES

Posted by jlubans on March 03, 2017

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Caption: Sculpture: Margaret McAdams

“It was now Cuckow Time, and a certain middle-ag’d Man, that was half grey, half brown, took a fancy to marry two Wives, of an Age one under another, and happy was the Woman who could please him best. They took mighty Care of him to all manner of Purposes, and still as they were combing the good Man’s Head, they’d be picking out here and there a Hair to make it all of a Colour. The matronly Wife, she pluck’d out all the brown Hairs, and the younger the white: So that they left the Man in the Conclusion no better than a bald Buzzard betwixt them.”

“THE MORAL. ‘Tis a much harder Thing to please two Wives, than two Masters; and he’s a bold Man that offers at it.”

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Anyone who’s worked for two bosses might dispute Sir Roger’s claim. Indeed, having two masters might lead to the servant going bald from pulling his/hair out in frustration.
Another moralist, Joseph Jacobs, has it: “Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.”

N.B. My new book, Fables for Leaders, Ezis Press, will be out in June 2017 as
both an e-book and a soft cover print-on-demand book. The print book will feature original illustrations by the renowned, Béatrice Coron.
I hope to have prepublication information up soon on Amazon and other purchasing venues.


© Copyright John Lubans 2017

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