Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
95. A DOCTOR AND HIS PATIENT (Perry
Pray, Sir, how d'ye find yourself? Says the Dr. to his patient. Why truly,
says the Patient, I have had a violent Sweat; oh the best Sign in the
World, quoth the Dr. And then a little while after he is at it again,
with a pray how d'ye find your Body? Alas, says t'other, I have just now
had such a terrible Fit of horror and shaking upon me! Why this is all
as it should be, says the Physician, it shews a mighty Strength of Nature.
And then he comes over him a third time with the same Question again;
why I am all swell'd, says t'other, as if I had a Dropsy; best of all,
quoth the Doctor, and goes his way. Soon after this, comes one of the
sick Man's Friends to him with the same Question, how he felt himself;
why truly so well, says he, that I am e'en ready to die, of I know not
how many good Signs and Tokens.
THE MORAL. A death-bed Flattery is the worst of Treacheries.
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.