The Man With Two Wives

A quick Aesop fable for you. For those of you who do not know who Aesop was, he was a fabulist or story teller who wrote a number of stories or fables, now known as Aesop’s Fables. Even though no one is truly sure if he existed   numerous tales have been credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. Always with a moral. So here is the fable of

The Man With Two Wives

In the old days, when men were allowed to have many wives, a middle-aged Man had one wife that was old and one that was young; each loved him very much, and desired to see him like herself. Now the Man’s hair was turning grey, which the young Wife did not like, as it made him look too old for her husband. So every night she used to comb his hair and pick out the white ones. But the elder Wife saw her husband growing grey with great pleasure, for she did not like to be mistaken for his mother. So every morning she used to arrange his hair and pick out as many of the black ones as she could. The consequence was the Man soon found himself entirely bald.

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Moral:

Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.