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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)


A Bat, a Bramble, and a Cormorant, enter'd into Covenants with Articles, to join Stocks, and Trade in Partnership together. The Bat's Adventure was ready Money that he took up at Interest; the Bramble's was in Clothes; and the Cormorant's in Brass. They put to Sea, and so it fell out, that Ship and Goods were both lost by stress of Weather: But the three Merchants by Providence got safe to Land. Since the time of this Miscarriage, the Bat never stirs abroad till Night, for fear of his Creditors. The Bramble lays hold of all the Cloaths he can come at in hope to light upon his own again: And the Cormorant is still sauntering by the Sea side, to see if he can find any of his Brass cast up.
THE MORAL. The Impression of any notable Misfortune will commonly stick by a Man as long as he lives.

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