The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller

: Aesop's Fables

A CHARCOAL-BURNER carried on his trade in his own house. One day

he met a friend, a Fuller, and entreated him to come and live

with him, saying that they should be far better neighbors and

that their housekeeping expenses would be lessened. The Fuller

replied, "The arrangement is impossible as far as I am concerned,

for whatever I should whiten, you would immediately blacken again

with your charcoal."

Like will draw like.