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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 479 (Phaedrus 1.18)

No one gladly revisits a place where he got hurt.
After her months of pregnancy had passed, a woman about to deliver her child was lying on the ground, moaning and weeping. Her husband urged her to rest her body on the bed, so that she might better relieve herself of nature's burden, but the woman refused and said, 'I hardly think that my trouble could come to an end in the very place where it was first conceived!'

Note: This joke is also found in Plutarch, Advice on Marriage 39.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.