The Huntsman and the Fisherman

: Aesop's Fables

A HUNTSMAN, returning with his dogs from the field, fell in by

chance with a Fisherman who was bringing home a basket well laden

with fish. The Huntsman wished to have the fish, and their owner

experienced an equal longing for the contents of the game-bag.

They quickly agreed to exchange the produce of their day's sport.

Each was so well pleased with his bargain that they made for some

time the same exchange day after day. Finally a neighbor said to

them, "If you go on in this way, you will soon destroy by

frequent use the pleasure of your exchange, and each will again

wish to retain the fruits of his own sport."

Abstain and enjoy.