Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
198. A WOMAN AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS (Perry
A Woman that had Two Daughters, Bury'd one of them, and Mourners were
provided to Attend the Funeral. The Surviving Daughter wonder'd to see
Strangers so much concern'd at the Loss of her Sister, and her Nearest
Relations so little. Pray Mother, says she, what's the Reason of this?
Oh, says the Mother, We that are a-Kin to her, are never the Better for
Crying, but the Strangers have Money for't.
THE MORAL. Mourners are as mercenary as Common Prostitutes; They are
at his Service, that bids Most for them.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.