Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
67. A COLLIER AND A FULLER (Perry 29)
A Fuller had a very kind Invitation from a Collier to come and live in
the House with him. He gave him a thousand Thanks for his Civility; but
told him that it would not stand with his Conveneince; for (says he) as
fast as I make any Thing clean, you’ll be smutting it again.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. ‘Tis a necessary Rule in Alliances,
Matches, Societies, Fraternities, Friendships, Partnerships, Commerce,
and all manner of civil dealings and Contracts, to have a strict Regard
to Humour, the Nature, and the Disposition of those we have to do withal.
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.