The Collier and the Fuller

2.64. THE COLLIER AND THE FULLER. The Collier and the Fuller, being old acquaintance, happened upon a time to meet together; and the latter, being but ill provided with a habitation, was invited by the former to come and live in the same house with him. I thank you, my dear friend, replies the Fuller, for your kind offer, but it cannot be; for if I were to dwell with you, whatever I should take pains to scour and make clean in the morning, the dust of you and your coals would blacken and defile, as bad as ever before night.
MORAL. We commonly imbibe the principles and manners of those with whom we associate. [more info]

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