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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

150. A GARDINER AND HIS DOG (Perry 120)

A Gardiner's Dog dropt into a Well, and his Master let himself down to help him out again. He reach'd forth his Hand to take hold of the Dog, and the Cur snapt him by the Fingers: For he thought it was only to Duck him deeper. The Master went his Way upon't, and e'en left him as he found him. Nay (says he) I'm well enough serv'd, to take so much Pains for the Saving of One that is resolv'd to make away Himself.
THE MORAL. Obligations and Benefits are Cast away upon Two Sorts of People; Those that do not understand them, and Those that are not sensible of them.


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