Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
209. The Man and His Wife (Perry 95)
A MAN had a Wife who made herself hated by all the members of his household.
Wishing to find out if she had the same effect on the persons in her father's
house, he made some excuse to send her home on a visit to her father.
After a short time she returned, and when he inquired how she had got
on and how the servants had treated her, she replied, 'The herdsmen and
shepherds cast on me looks of aversion.' He said, 'O Wife, if you were
disliked by those who go out early in the morning with their flocks and
return late in the evening, what must have been felt towards you by those
with whom you passed the whole day!'
Straws show how the wind blows.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google